Watching Men Kissing Men: The Australian Reception of the Gay Male Kiss On-Screen

  title={Watching Men Kissing Men: The Australian Reception of the Gay Male Kiss On-Screen},
  author={Scott McKinnon},
  journal={Journal of the History of Sexuality},
  pages={262 - 287}
  • S. McKinnon
  • Published 18 April 2015
  • Art
  • Journal of the History of Sexuality
I n t h e 1942 f I l m C a s a b l a n C a , piano-playing Sam famously sings that we “must remember this: a kiss is just a kiss.” Although now a classic cinematic moment, coming from a Hollywood film, this is arguably something of a hypocritical message; when placed on-screen, a kiss has often represented much more than just a kiss. The kiss has been required to carry multiple meanings in the history of cinematic sex, from innocent affection to sexual passion. From cinema’s very beginnings… 
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