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The Kiss (1929)

An unhappily married woman is caught up in scandal and murder when her affection toward a young man is misinterpreted.

Director:

Jacques Feyder

Writers:

George M. Saville (from the story by), Hanns Kräly (scenario) (as Hans Kraly) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Greta Garbo ... Irene Guarry
Conrad Nagel ... André Dubail
Anders Randolf ... M. Charles Guarry
Holmes Herbert ... M. Lassalle
Lew Ayres ... Pierre Lassalle
George Davis George Davis ... Detective Durant
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Storyline

Irene is unhappily married to an older businessman, but very much in love with a handsome young lawyer. He doesn't want to add to her unhappiness by ruining her marriage; she is terrified of her husband's jealousy and anger. They decide to stop seeing each other, and she bides her time with Pierre, a young friend of the family who walks their dogs and is in puppy love with Irene. When Pierre is about to leave for college, he begs her for a goodbye kiss. She agrees, and who should walk in while it is happening, but her ailing and financially distraught husband... Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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A woman made for love... sacrificed on the altar of a desperate passion... (Print Ad-Nashua telegraph, ((Nashua, NH)) 5 December 1929)

Genres:

Romance | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kysset See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$257,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$518,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$387,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System) (musical score and sound effects)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The version that TCM telecast on 28 August 2018 ran sixty-two minutes, exactly the same as at the Capitol Theatre, where it premiered in New York City 15 November 1929, and was reviewed by Variety in the 20 November 1929 issue. See more »

Goofs

In the opening credits, the name of André, Conrad Nagel's character, is spelled "Ardré." See more »

Quotes

André: Irene - we can't go on meeting like this.
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Alternate Versions

MGM also released this movie without a soundtrack, as a totally silent film. See more »

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Featured in The Divine Garbo (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

The Chatterers
(uncredited)
Music by Domenico Savino
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The end of an era
24 July 2014 | by MissSimonettaSee all my reviews

The Kiss (1929) was the final silent film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was also the final silent film of stars Greta Garbo and Conrad Nagel.

The subtle acting and sophisticated (and purely visual) storytelling show how far silent cinema had come by the late 1920s. When talkies took over Hollywood, the acting regressed back to that of the stage, the background music was replaced with static hiss, and even basic film-making techniques were restrained due to the sound equipment. It would take a few years for sound technology to grow in sophistication.

Removed from its distinction as the end of an era, The Kiss is an average melodrama, especially for Garbo, who plays an unhappily married woman in love with another man. She looks luminous and acts completely with her eyes, her brilliance showing through even in material such as this. Conrad Nagel is competent in an unchallenging role, and Lew Ayres is simultaneously adorable and somewhat sinister as the young man smitten with Garbo.

The big twist is predictable and the recorded score is cheesy, using Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet theme as the lovers' leitmotif, but overall, this is a skillfully made bit of melodramatic fluff, the last gasp of MGM's silent output.


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