Irene (Greta Garbo), unhappily married to Charles Guarry (Anders Randolf), is in love with young lawyer André (Conrad Nagel). The two break off their relationship, but André later returns to defend Irene in a trial after her innocent kiss to an infatuated boy, Pierre (Lew Ayres), leads to her husband's death.
- Both MGM's and Greta Garbo's last silent film.
- Lew Ayres' film debut.
I always enjoy watching this movie. When Warner Archive had one of their sales several months ago, I bought all the Garbo films I had not yet seen at the time, and this one became one of my favorites. Greta is beautiful and talented as always in this late silent film; she was twenty-four when it was filmed and a major star by this point in her career. I read somewhere that she saw this film three times in theatres and knew which scenes were cut out (the movie runs only a little over an hour, and was trimmed down so that more show-times could fit into the theatre schedules).
The filming techniques in The Kiss are so unique. At the point where Guarry discovers Irene and Pierre (played by young and adorable Lew Ayres) together, the door shuts behind the three of them -- and the audience later finds out that Guarry has died, but how did it happen? There are some great moments when Irene is attempting to recount her story, and because her tale is full of contradictions, we can see the windows opening or closing, and the hour on the clock altering, as she changes her mind about what to say. The trial and ending are excellent, as is the entire film.
Love it; very highly recommended! : )
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