The Kiss is one of Greta Garbo's best, without stretching the elastic of kindness. Few actresses could weather the series of close-ups required of Garbo in this one.
The Kiss is one of Greta Garbo’s best, without stretching the elastic of kindness. Few actresses could weather the series of close-ups required of Garbo in this one.In several of the sequences, especially the intro when Irene (Garbo) tells Andre (Conrad Nagel) of her love but the impossibility of securing consent for a parting from her husband, Nagel registers the manner of an interpreter. Pierre, the juvenile admirer of Irene who does not know until the last few story feet of her real interest, is essayed superbly by Lew Ayres. The title is introduced in the climax when Irene is found in the wild embrace of the lad. Anders Randolf does exceptionally fine playing as the infuriated husband returning unexpectedly. Action [from a story by George M. Saville] is laid in France. During the trial the tedium of courtroom scenes is minimized by camera moving from short semi-closes on Nagel and the judge to almost a study in black presented by Garbo.
M-G-M. Director Jacques Feyder; Screenplay Hans Kraly; Camera William Daniels; Editor Ben Lewis; Art Director Cedric Gibbons
Silent. (B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1929. Running time: 62 MIN.
Greta Garbo Conrad Nagel Anders Randolf Holmes Herbert Lew Ayres George Davis