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The Kiss in the Tunnel (1899)

| Short, Comedy, Romance
Similar to A Kiss in the Tunnel (1899), this remake omits the phantom ride scenes and chooses to portray a significantly steamier, more prolonged, and more explicit passion between a young couple. Surely, this is a kiss to remember.


James Bamforth




Similar to George Albert Smith's, A Kiss in the Tunnel (1899), James Bamforth's version embraces the three-shot form; however, the filmmaker omits the opening and closing phantom ride scenes and chooses to show the actual train entering the tunnel. In addition, the couple is much younger, and, in contrast to the affluent aristocrats of the original story, their ordinary attire suggests a lower social class. As a result, the first-class cigar becomes a humble cigarette; nevertheless, the passion between the protagonists is significantly steamier, more prolonged--and above all--more explicit. Surely, this is a kiss to remember. Written by Nick Riganas

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This Bamforth film is an exact remake of G. A. Smith's "A Kiss in the Tunnel." The latter film used a Phantom Ride to imply a train going into a tunnel, but in this remake we actually see the train head into the tunnel and come out the other side. Another notable change is the couple shown here does not act as though nothing has happened; but rather they continue their romance until the shot of the train coming out. In Smith's film the couple shown quickly seat themselves before we come back out of the tunnel. See more »


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Unsafe At Any Speed
11 December 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

A train enters a tunnel. Within it, a man places his cigarette down, seats himself next to the young woman in the compartment, and they kiss.

This was not the first time a movie had been remade by a competitor; look at Melies' earnest films and you will see reproductions of Lumiere films. By the following year, film makers around the world were remaking Melies' trick films. Yet this film is a remake of George Albert Smith's movie of the same name -- with a couple of changes -- and it was remade within a month.

Why the speed? Clearly the Smith version was immensely popular. I submit it was because of the sexual symbolism of the film. The train entering the tunnel symbolizes coitus, and the man and woman, it is implied, are doing the same, albeit in a less symbolic fashion.

At least, that's what it would mean sixty years later, when Hitchcock ended NORTH BY NORTHWEST with the same master shot.

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