The first romantic kiss on screen was in American silent films in 1896, beginning with the film The Kiss. The kiss lasted 30 seconds and caused many to rail against decadence in the new medium of silent film. Writer Louis Black writes that “it was the United States that brought kissing out of the Dark Ages.” However, it met with severe disapproval by defenders of public morality, especially in New York. One critic proclaimed that “it is absolutely disgusting. Such things call for police interference.”
"One of the things I’m completely fascinated by is the determination of many film directors-mostly men-to believe it’s like fighting a war. If you have a caterer along it is not quite a war. I think we have to remember this."