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The Longest Kiss | by Anna Solitaire Miles
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The Longest Kiss

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"A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.” - Ingrid Bergman


In 1946, Alfred Hitchcock got around the censors by having Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman take a series of little kisses, for a long period of time in "Notorious". Hitch broke the Hollywood censor record then, for the longest kiss scene in Hollywood history. The censors were outraged, but he did not break their rules, and so this scandalous scene is remembered as one of the first sexy scenes of the silver screen. What is remarkable about it is that Ingrid's character, the brazen German Siren Alicia, is aggressively doing the seducing, which is not a normal sterotype for that time. Elsa is actually billed as "A Notorious Woman of Affairs" on one of the movie previews. Cary plays a Spy named Devlin who falls hard for her. It's actually a sexually sophisticated script and love story for that time. Alicia is a strong, erotic woman who is tired of playing nice girl games to get the man she wants, and Devlin is the once burned type who is intimidated but eventually won over by her passion and need for love. Hitch really shines a light on the rediculous nicey-boy-girl stereotypes of the day, and the games that people play when they are afraid of being hurt in a love affair.


I love these pictures because it reminds me of the ultimate thrill of that first kiss with someone. The passion and excitement of that first time your lips lock is never again realized, and is to be cherished. It's like the first moments of discovering and it's intoxicating. I love kissing.

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Taken on August 6, 2006