Valentine’s Day Movie Montage (Male-Female)

Anna Magnani Bellissima Luchino Visconti
Anna Magnani in (what looks like) Luchino Visconti’s Bellissima

At the end of Giuseppe Tornatore’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner Cinema Paradiso, small-town projectionist Philippe Noiret has died and the Nuovo Cinema Paradiso has become a pile of rubble. The bratty Italian boy Salvatore Cascio has grown into the classy Frenchman Jacques Perrin (like Noiret, dubbed in Italian), a filmmaker who sits to watch a mysterious reel of film the deceased projectionist had left him.

It turns out the reel contains clips from films censored by the prudish local parish priest, whose family values found kisses, embraces, and bare breasts and legs a danger to society. Now, who’s doing all that kissing, embracing, and breast/leg-displaying in that film reel? (Please scroll down for the Cinema Paradiso clip.)

Here are the ones I recognize:

  • Silvana Mangano and Vittorio Gassman in Giuseppe De Santis’ Bitter Rice (1949); Mangano is later seen displaying her legs, and kissing Gassman again in another scene
  • Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell in Howard Hawks’ His Girl Friday (1940
  • Jane Russell in Hawks/Howard Hughes’ The Outlaw (1941/1943/1946)
  • Martine Carol (?) in period costume kissing an actor I wasn’t able to recognize; or perhaps that’s Clara Calamai in Alessandro Blasetti’s La Cena delle befe / The Jester’s Banquet (1942), as Calamai is seen later on as the bare-breasted woman in bed
  • Charles Chaplin and Georgia Hale in Chaplin’s The Gold Rush (1925)
  • Olivia de Havilland and Errol Flynn in what looks like either Michael Curtiz’s Captain Blood (1935) or Curtiz and William Keighley’s The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938); de Havilland and Flynn show up kissing again later on in a couple of other Captain Blood/Robin Hood clips
  • Rudolph Valentino and Vilma Banky in George Fitzmaurice’s The Son of the Sheik (1926)
  • Donna Reed and James Stewart in Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
  • Patient Vittorio De Sica (?) kissing a woman at a hospital
  • Totò being kissed by a blonde
  • A male arm reaching for Anna Magnani (?)
  • A kissing scene from what looks like either Visconti’s Ossessione (1943), with Massimo Girotti, or the director’s La Terra Trema (1948)
  • Marcello Mastroianni and Maria Schell in Visconti’s White Nights (1957)
  • Possibly Shirley MacLaine and Laurence Harvey in Charles Walters’ Two Loves (1961)
  • Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes in Frank Borzage’s A Farewell to Arms (1932)
  • Alida Valli and Farley Granger in Visconti’s Senso (1954)
  • Jean Gabin kissing a woman (Suzy Prim?) in (possibly) Jean Renoir’s The Lower Depths / Les Bas-fonds (1936)
  • Vittorio Gassman and Maria Mercader (?) or perhaps Gianna Maria Canale (?) in Riccardo Freda’s Il Cavaliere misterioso / The Mysterious Rider (1948)
  • Clark Gable kissing Joan Crawford in (possibly) Possessed (1931)
  • Anna Magnani hugging (I assume) Walter Chiari in (apparently) Visconti’s Bellissima (1951)
  • Greta Garbo and what looks like John Barrymore in Edmund Goulding’s Grand Hotel (1932)
  • Spencer Tracy and Ingrid Bergman in Victor Fleming’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
  • Jean Harlow (?)

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