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Kisses

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Kisses

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
45 minutes
performer:
Lauren Bacall
distributor:
Ted Turner Pictures
genre:
Documentary

We gave it a C+

Kisses, this 45-minute valentine to screen smooches, first shown on cable’s TNT channel, packs in plenty of star-studded film clips. But it’s hardly the all-embracing survey the package copy promises: With one or two exceptions, it draws exclusively on Turner-owned MGM, Warner Bros., and RKO movies, all from before the ’60s. While the handsome Kisses coffee-table book that inspired the program (available for $30 with this cassette or $22 alone) adroitly juggles its limited source material, the tape drags in too many second-rate smacks. Sure, we get misty-eyed Bogart losing Bergman in Casablanca, but must we remember Jimmy Stewart suctioning an indifferent Lana Turner in Ziegfeld Girl? Host Lauren Bacall, looking and sounding regal as ever at 66, makes a suitably feline guide, especially raising an eyebrow over her best-known scenes with Bogie. But she’s stuck delivering scattershot, cliche-ridden commentary that gives a great concept mere lip service. C+

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