Nicolas Provost is a belgian filmmaker most known for contemporary short films, however in his piece Gravity, he pays homage to Hitchcock and many other great directors in an overlay compilation of both American and European film’s best kissing sequences. Within this short, two to three kissing scenes are overlaid at a time, the scenes flash between the films to juxtapose the films and even contrast the eras however within the movements of the kisses there is a notable similarity of human interaction within such passionate moments. Provost pay special homage to Hitchcock kissing scenes in particular by including intimate embraces from films like Spellbound, North by Northwest, Notorious, To Catch a Thief and my personal favorite the whirling kiss from Vertigo. Among all the Hitchcock kiss sequences Provost depicts the juxtaposition and similarities through overlays of other famed embraces such as from The Thomas Crown Affair, It’s a Wonderful Life, From Here to Eternity, the beloved 80’s classic Dirty Dancing and of course the iconic Breakfast at Tiffany’s kiss in the pouring rain. There are other inclusions of foreign movies of course from the Belgian cinematographer, however theses were the movies I was able to pick out amongst the flashing cuts of film, If anyone can point out more I’d love to hear about it in the comments. 🙂
The original doesn’t include the goofy 90’s track in the background, but this was the only full version of the piece available on the internet.
Some of the iconic kisses overlaid:
Provost brilliantly captures the same intimate human movements among films varying in decades.