Steve Daly
January 17, 1992 AT 05:00 AM EST

Kisses

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
45 minutes
performer
Lauren Bacall
distributor
Ted Turner Pictures
genre
Documentary

We gave it a C+

Kisses, this 45-minute valentine to screen smooches, first shown on cable’s TNT channel, packs in plenty of star-studded film clips. But it’s hardly the all-embracing survey the package copy promises: With one or two exceptions, it draws exclusively on Turner-owned MGM, Warner Bros., and RKO movies, all from before the ’60s. While the handsome Kisses coffee-table book that inspired the program (available for $30 with this cassette or $22 alone) adroitly juggles its limited source material, the tape drags in too many second-rate smacks. Sure, we get misty-eyed Bogart losing Bergman in Casablanca, but must we remember Jimmy Stewart suctioning an indifferent Lana Turner in Ziegfeld Girl? Host Lauren Bacall, looking and sounding regal as ever at 66, makes a suitably feline guide, especially raising an eyebrow over her best-known scenes with Bogie. But she’s stuck delivering scattershot, cliche-ridden commentary that gives a great concept mere lip service. C+

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