Friday, February 12, 2016

A Kiss is Just a Kiss: Charlie ♥s Edna Forever

A kiss is just a kiss. True, but it depends on whether you are the kisser or the kissee or - as are we movie-goers, an observer.

Now, kisser and kissee could be steamy and passionate...

Or, they could be innocent and chaste.

As a kisser (or kissee) I shall keep my preferences to my self (of course if Cary Grant is either one... oh, but I digress...).

No, we are here as observers, and as an observer it is the romantic kiss that pleases me most of all. You know, the kiss that is not quite innocent, but not quite lusty, coming just at the dawn of of love. Like a flower opening to the sun, it is full of promise and joy. It is the end of single and the beginning of plural, and, for me, there is no sweeter plural than Charlie Chaplin and his lovely leading lady, Edna Purviance.

  Charlie and Edna Forever

Before Edna, Charlie was a troublesome tramp. Once Edna entered the picture (and Charlie's real life for a time), the Little Fellow became a sweeter,gentler character. The Tramp still had tricks, but Edna awakened the romance in his soul.

Best Kisses
Charlie ardently pursued Edna through 34 films from 1915 through 1923. Here's some of their 5-star smooches:

The Immigrant

Charlie and Edna are two poor immigrants who find love and luck in the land of liberty.

Behind the Screen

Charlie and Edna find love at a movie studio (even through he thinks she might be a boy).

A Burlesque on Carmen
As thwarted lover Darn Hosiery, Charlie gives his Carmen the kiss of death (sort of).

But enough observing. Sometimes, lovers need privacy...

And just in case you want to try kissing Charlie for yourself (sort of), here's a cute little game. See how many kisses you can steal!

This is my entry into the Kiss is Just a Kiss Blogathon. Put some oomph into your Valentine's Day and head on over to Second Sight Cinema for more super smooches.


Caftan Woman said...

My oh my, you are just full of fun and games this Valentine's Day.

When you are watching Charlie and Edna, you can't imagine them with anyone else.

Inge Gregusch said...
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Inge Gregusch said...

Darling post, darling. Both sweet and sultry. Totally smooch-able. Happy Valentines Day!

FlickChick said...

Thank you, Darling. Weren't they just the cutest?

misospecial said...

Charming entry, thanks for participating! I didn't realize it was Edna's entrance into the films that signaled the Tramp's character development away from rogue to unlikely hero... now I wanna go binge-watch all the Mutual comedies. Happy Valentine's Day, Marsha!


Silver Screenings said...

Thirty-four films?! I didn't realize Charlie and Edna were in that many films together. But, when I think about it, it's hardly surprising. After all, they are an adorable screen couple.

FlickChick said...

Thank you, Lesley. And thanks for hosting this lovely event.

FlickChick said...

Yes, Ruth - he worked her to the bone!