The Kiss (1929 film)

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The Kiss
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jacques Feyder
Screenplay by Hanns Kräly
Story by George M. Saville
Starring Greta Garbo
Conrad Nagel
Lew Ayres
Cinematography William Daniels
Edited by Ben Lewis
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • November 16, 1929 (1929-11-16)
Running time
65 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language Silent
English intertitles
Budget US$ 257,018.63

The Kiss is a 1929 American silent drama film from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer directed by Jacques Feyder and starring Greta Garbo, Conrad Nagel and Lew Ayres in his first feature film. The film is notable for being both MGM's and Greta Garbo's last silent film. It was also the last such film for Conrad Nagel. The film did take advantage of the new sound technology, and was released with an orchestral score and sound effects. It was based on an 1896 film.


Irene (Greta Garbo) is a young woman unhappily married to an older gentleman; to add to her woes, she is in love with a young lawyer, André (Conrad Nagel). Unable to find a solution to continue their romance, they stop seeing each other. Irene starts spending her time with young Pierre (Lew Ayres), the son of her husband's business associate, who is infatuated with her. When Pierre leaves for college, he begs her for a goodbye kiss. After a chaste kiss, Pierre steals another – as Irene's husband takes notice. A murder mystery and trial ensue.



The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:


  1. ^ Alexander Walker; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (October 1980). Garbo: a portrait. Macmillan. p. 184. ISBN 978-0-02-622950-0. Retrieved July 28, 2010. 
  2. ^ "AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions Nominees" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-08-19. 

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