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Intertextuality in Edison

by Kate Fortmueller

As many of the commentaries on the Edison films have noted, the Edison films often drew from popular culture. The Kiss is no exception. The Kiss is a reinactment of the final scene of The Widow Jones. This film was exceedingly popular in 1896 - reportedly the most popular Edison film at the time. The relationship between the film and the play is an example of intertextuality, or the interrelationship between one cultural text and others, in filmmaking.

The Kiss (1896)

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May Irwin and John Rice kiss for the camera.

from The Kiss (1900)
Creator: William Heise
Distributor: Kino Video
Posted by Kate Fortmueller