Romantic UK film kisses
Film-makers have long known the value of the on-screen kiss. As a filmic finale, a lingering kiss is a simple, yet powerful, conduit for the release of romantic and sexual tension. First introduced in the silent movies of the late 19th century, the archetypal kissing couple continues to provide viewers with vicarious satisfaction and more than a few happy tears. Take a look at the Great Date Handbook – Episode 1: Top Five Romantic Movies and see the examples given below.
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
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This kiss is the grand finale of the film’s final scene, which involves Andie McDowell’s character, Carrie, arriving at the London home of Hugh Grant’s bumbling English character, Charles. The pair proceed to declare their love for each other on the pavement as a torrential thunderstorm soaks them. It’s a testament to the kiss and the film as a whole that McDowell’s famously terrible line – ‘Is it still raining? I hadn’t noticed.’ – does little to spoil the overall effect.
The Princess Bride (1987)
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The culmination of a classic fairytale story, this kiss between hero Westley (played by Cary Elwes) and the dutifully saved princess Buttercup (Robin Wright) is both heart-warming and romantic. As the film’s narrator, Peter Falk, says: “Since the invention of the kiss there have been five kisses that were rated the most passionate, the most pure. This one left them all behind”.
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Atonement, though low on laughs, is big on romance and the lasting power of love. Spanning the course of six decades, the film chronicles the heart-wrenching effects of a child’s false accusation. The kiss pictured here is the final one between Robbie (James McAvoy) and Cecilia (Keira Knightley) before Robbie is shipped off to fight in WWII on the French front. The pair have just renewed their love after Robbie has spent four years in jail for a crime he didn’t commit, making the kiss all the more poignant.
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Angel tells the tale of a fiery and passionate young writer, Angel Deverell (played by Romola Garai). After becoming a successful writer, Angel becomes smitten with Esme (played by Michael Fassbender) – an aristocratic rake and artist with a particularly dark temperament.
Like the rest of the film, the kiss between Angel and Esme is suitably passionate, and the snow in the background provides a nice contrast to the couple’s showy attire. For the actors playing the characters, however, the scene was something of a struggle. The outdoor temperature was reportedly so low that the camera would freeze after just a few minutes of shooting.
A Room with a View (1985)
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A Room with a View documents the clash between the emotionally repressed Britain of the Victorian era with the forward-thinking ideals that marked the beginning of the 20th century. Lucy Honeychurch (played by Helena Bonham Carter) represents the old, and George Emerson (played by Julian Sands) represents the new.
Things come to a head when a cheeky Italian carriage driver directs an un-chaperoned Lucy to a barley field where George is admiring the view. George, with typical impulsiveness, embraces and passionately kisses Lucy, awakening in her a secret desire and romance.
The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)
This period drama set in 19th century London doubles as a romantic comedy, and centres around two friends who use the pseudo name Earnest when conducting business and secret trips away. The kiss featured here occurs between Algernon ‘Algy’ Moncrieff (played by Rupert Everett) and Cecily Cardew (played by Reese Witherspoon).
Love Actually (2003)
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Of the various tales told during the Christmas feel-gooder ‘Love Actually’, it’s the one involving Jamie (played by Colin Firth) and Aurélia (played by Lucia Moniz) that sets hearts racing. After leaving his French cottage, the previously heart-broken Jamie realizes too late that he’s in love with Portuguese housekeeper Aurélia, and so returns to seek her out. After finding her, he proposes and they kiss, which is more of a relief than anything else.
Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)
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With its attempt to anchor romance among the regular-looking masses, Bridget Jones’ Diary is genuinely heart-warming and funny – particularly to those dating in the UK. The film charts a year in the life of Bridget Jones (played by Renee Zellweger) as she learns to love her many imperfections and finds a suitable partner, in the form of Mark Darcy (Colin Firth).
The film culminates in typically unglamorous style, with Jones chasing Darcy out into a snowy street wearing her lounging-at-home clothes. The kiss, however, is passionately romantic, prompting Jones to claim that ‘nice boys don’t kiss like that’.
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