New York City acting coach Marishka S. Phillips critiques Hollywood’s best and worst kisses, unpacking what went right and wrong in the actors’ performances. Reviewing some of the most famous — and infamous — kiss scenes, Phillips explains why certain kisses hit a romantic nerve while others make you want to look away.
Many legendary Hollywood moments center on two actors kissing, from Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet’s "I’m flying" scene in "Titanic" to Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams’ rain-soaked reunion in "The Notebook." But there are a lot of ways these moments can fall flat or even make audiences cringe — whether the actors have poor timing, stiff body language, a lack of chemistry, or all of the above. So, what separates the highs from the lows?
Reacting to 16 scenes that range from breathtaking to hard to watch, Phillips nails down the aspects that can make or break a kiss scene, including the lead-in, eye contact, body language, and rhythm. She
deconstructs kisses featuring some of the most celebrated movie couples, including Elio and Oliver’s first kiss in "Call Me by Your Name," Peter and MJ’s upside-down kiss in "Spider-Man," Harry and Cho’s awkward mistletoe moment in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," Chiron and Kevin’s beach kiss in "Moonlight," and Bella and Jacob’s fumbling makeout session
in "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse." Through iconic scenes from "Casablanca," "Carmen Jones," "Breakfast at Tiffany’s," and "Some Like It Hot," Phillips explains why the style of kissing looks so different in old movies and examines how Hays Code censorship shaped these classic kisses, highlighting the ways that actors got around the strict production standards of the time.
Throughout the video, Phillips points out techniques that great actors use to build chemistry with their scene partners and create real intimacy on camera, as well as common mistakes that can make an on-screen kiss feel forced or painful.
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