BFI Video Essay - Lips, Love and Power: 120 Years of the Cinematic Kiss

Who doesn't love seeing a passionate kiss on the big screen? This BFI video essay explores the role of the kiss in Western cinema. Would love to see a version exploring kissing scenes in films from other parts of the world.

About the video (warning, slightly NSFW):

In 1896 the first screen kiss hit cinemas. Some 120 years later, the cinematic kiss continues to reflect reality and project fantasy.

This video essay explores the history of the screen kiss and includes memorable scenes featuring Greta Garbo, Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Sidney Poitier, Molly Ringwald, Michael Fassbender and many more.