The Kiss (also known as The May Irwin Kiss, The Rice-Irwin Kiss and The Widow Jones) is an 1896 actuality, and was one of the first films ever shown commercially to the public. The film is around 47 seconds long, and depicts a re-enactment of the kiss between May Irwin and John Rice from the final scene of the stage musical, The Widow Jones. —wikipedia
William Heise was an American film director, active in the 1890s. He ‘directed’ The Kiss, a 1896 short film that depicted a kiss between May Irwin and John Rice.
Direction, at this early stage in cinema, consisted mainly of pointing a stationary camera in one direction and capturing whatever action transpired within the frame. Along with W. K. L. Dickson, Heise was one of the most prolific filmmakers of the nascent days of cinema. He worked with Dickson on many of the early shorts, capturing numerous scenes of everyday life as well as different aspects of performance and sport. —wikipedia
Thomas Alva Edison was one of the world’s great inventors, and it is a small wonder that he was hailed as the Wizard of Menlo Park by his contemporaries. Edison was responsible for creating the stock ticker, the first copy machines, the incandescent light bulb, the carbon transmitter/microphone (which made Alexander Bell’s telephone viable), and the phonograph. He also oversaw the development of the first devices for filming and exhibiting motion pictures. His movies had their genesis in his enormous West Orange, NJ, laboratory when he came up with the idea of recording moving pictures much in the way that his phonograph recorded live sounds. The invention, called the Edison Kinetophongraph or Kinetophone, was actually developed by Edison’s assistant, W.K.L. Dickson in 1889. Dickson based his design on the European Zoetrope, a hand-turned cylinder covered with photographic images on glass plates. The first kinetophonograph used strips of celluloid film invented by John Carbutt, but… read more
Interés meramente historico, pero nada más. Resulta curioso saber el gran escandalo que suscitó entre las "buenas conciencias" de finales del siglo XIX la exhibición de esta pequeñisima "vista" (de apenas unos cuantos segundos de duración) en el que se puede apreciar al tal John Rice acomodandole un casto beso en la trompa a una renuente May Irwin. (seguramente, molesta por el tamaño bigotazo del tipo.) Muchos de los espectadores, asiduos asistentes a nickelodeons de corte "familiar" (ni siquiera llegaban a cines como tal en esa epoca) el asunto les pareció (hipocritamente) inmoral y repulsivo, aunque, (claro!) la cosa era dimetrialmente opuesta en funciones exclusivas para "hombres solos" ó en congales. Al no existir un codigo de censura propiamente establecido, las "vistas" que componian esta clase de sesiones eran igual ó todavia más pasadas de verga que las cintas XXX de la actualidad, estando aquellas primigenias funciones de cine pletoricas de escenas de sexo explicito entre parejas heterosexuales, gays, lesbianas, pedofilia, zoofilia, coprofagia, etc, etc, etc. Aquellos alegres fines de siglo...