a film poster by an anonymous artist for the 1927 Paramount film A
Kiss in a Taxi
for Whitman's Chocolates 1953
for interior design firm featuring the celebrated Kick Back (more anon)
an illustrated edition of Bonaventura's Meditationes ,
Florence c1495. The Judas Kiss
Embrace, an engraving of 1503 by the Master MZ, 11 x 15cms.
||Anthony Raine Barker, Hidden Gold (rabbits)
Adieux, engraving French 1789
Razors, Kiss with Back Lift 1945
gets a French kiss
Whitmore, kisses and near kisses
||A Master kissing a pupil!! Holiday Annual 1922
The purpose of this session is to offer a range of pictorial possibilities.
Do you feel
drawn to the reportage elements, to the manipulation of the image etc.
we'll be looking at
of the kiss,
of the bodies,
of view of the spectator, the context of the embrace,
of Before and After,
of bodily fusion,
1. recommended films
evading censorship in Hitchcock's Notorious (1946).
the spinning kiss in Hitchcock's Vertigo ( 1958) compared
to the equivalent in De Palma's Body Double (1984).
the physical absorbtion in Svankmajer's Dimensions of Dialogue
the surrogate kiss in Minelli's Meet me in St Louis (1944)
the detective's kiss in Dead Men don't wear Plaid (1982)
the animated kiss in Tex Avery's cartoons.
the kiss as culmination in Kubrick's Barry Lyndon (1975)
The Kiss in advertising .
Selections from the following American advertisements from the Fifties
Diamond and Wedding Rings November 1951
Cigarettes They satisfy, August 1960.
3 US Savings
Bonds Help us keep the things worth keeping, July 1958
Electric Shavers , Some Guys and Gals have all the Luck, Dec 45
Heusen Shirts , its daring, its audacious, March 1949
Robes for Men , Warmth without weight, Dec 1946
shirts , What a Man, Dec 1953
, shave with Barbasol, May 1949.
Cedar Hope Chest , This Christmas thrill her, Nov.49.
Robes , It's a Gift, Dec 1947.
for Valentino , Feb 1951
12 ad for Easy Living , Love's Not Like Football Baby, Sept 1949
13 ad for That touch of Mink , June 1962
14 ad for Its a Wonderful Life , December 1946
15 ad for Golden Earrings , Oct 1947
16 ad for September Affair , February 1954
17 ad for Homecoming, June 1948
For further examples of the Woman's Leg Lift
NEW LIFT 1961
SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK 1945
Texts; two poems on the act of the kiss. A comparative
Expiration John Donne
So,so breake off this late lamenting kiss,
Which suckes two soules, and vapors both away,
Turn thou ghost that way, and let mee turne this,
And let our selves benight our hapapiest day,
And we ask'd none leave to love; nor will we owe
Any, so cheape a death, as saying, Goe;
Goe; and if that word have not quite kill'd thee,
Ease mee with death, by bidding me goe too.
Oh if it have , let my word work on mee,
And a just office on a murderer doe.
Being double dead, going, and bidding, goe.
Kisses loathsome. Robert Herrick.
I abhor the slimie kiss,
(Which to me most loathsome is.)
Those lips please me which are plac't
Close, but not too strictly lac't:
Yeilding I wo'd have them ; yet
Not a wimbling Tongue admit:
What sho'd poking sticks make there,
When the ruffe is set elsewhere.
Wimbling=boring a hole.
Poking sticks = for stiffening ruffs.