Do you remember your first kiss? Was it filmed? Before 1926, no movie from a major Motion Picture Studio had a deepened kiss in its movies. At this time, movies were still silent. Though not the first kiss filmed, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s “Flesh and Blood” starring Greta Garbo and John Gilbert made history in filming the first kiss by a major motion picture studio in 1926. (source for story)
The movie story, “Flesh and Blood” is about two boyhood friends that became soldiers together for Germany. One of them as a young man, met a Countess (Greta Garbo) and they fell in love. The Countess did not share she was married to an old Count, and when he found out, both of the boyhood friend soldiers were sent to the frontlines to die. The friend returned and developed a relationship with the Countess, then the original soldier returned and that rekindled their relationship. The Count died at that time.
Watch the first filmed kiss by MGM in “Flesh and Blood”:
Watch the facial expressions and how they sneak off to light a cigarette which was forbidden at the time. Watch the flickering of the light and subtle body language indicating a romantic interlude. How they are tucked away, alone in the rose brambles off a veranda while there is dancing and music playing. See who follows whom. Who is younger? Who is older? At the intimate moment, they share a lifetime breathed away with a kiss. Notice the grays and how it is offset by the highlights and the shadows.
The scene works without a soundtrack in black and white filming and film, because of the small minute facial expressions and movements with small cuts and edits. Back then, shots could not be easily edited after cut, but somehow the production crew was able to do it.
In totality, SWAG77 builds their headcanons for fan-fiction in this manner. If we had the time and software to go frame-by-frame, we would. We want to watch the entire movie “Flesh and Blood”. If we had the chance, we would like to read the original script. Unfortunately, in this time of social media, we do not. However, it is remarkable to see this iconic still image and brief video are timeless in its portrayal.
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