The Kiss in the Tunnel (1899)    0 Stars

 

The Kiss in the Tunnel was the second film in a year to feature a young couple kissing on a train as it travels through a tunnel (the first was George Albert Smith’s A Kiss in the Tunnel). Given that the cinema was little more than three years old in 1899 and there were still a million-and-one topics to be covered, it’s quite astounding that so many film-makers spent so much time copying each other’s work (when they were unable to get away with duping the original). There’s something a little earthier about the Bamforth Films version than the Smith original; the couple are younger and better looking and of a lower class and there’s more affection in their hugs and kisses, but the film isn’t as well made. From 1899 onwards trains entering tunnels would regularly be used as a metaphor for sex and, without exception, every film that has used that metaphor has done it better than this primitive effort.

(Reviewed 8th June 2009)

 

Bamforth Company: The Kiss in the Tunnel (1899)

 

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

Close