Robert Doisneau Le baiser de l'hotel de ville

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Robert Doisneau Le baiser de l'hotel de ville

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Memorable Kisses Throughout History

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'Kiss by the Hotel de Ville' In 1950, French photographer Robert Doisneau created his most iconic work: "Le baiser de l'Hotel de Ville (Kiss by the Hotel de Ville)," a photo of a couple kissing in the busy streets of Paris. It became an internationally recognized symbol of young love in Paris. ©Robert Doisneau/ Courtesy of Bruce Silverstein Gallery

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Rodin's 'The Kiss' "The Kiss" is an iconic 1889 marble sculpture by the French sculptor Auguste Rodin. It was inspired by the tale of Paolo and Francesca, lovers entwined for eternity in Dante's Inferno. Getty Images

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Auguste Rodin’s The Kiss One of the most famous depictions of love in art, this marble statue illustrates Paolo Malatesta and Francesca da Rimini, two lovers from Dante’s The Divine Comedy. Their kiss is so passionate, you would not know that they were condemned to hell after their affair. The duo was originally part of doors he designed called The Gates of Hell until 1886, “when Rodin decided that this depiction of happiness and sensuality” did not fit, sculpted a separate statue, and exhibited it in 1887, according to the Musee Rodin in Paris. A version of The Kiss was supposed to be displayed in Chicago in 1893, but the couple’s embrace was deemed too erotic for public viewing.Hulton Archive/Getty Images

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V-J Day in Times Square Probably one of the most recognized kisses of all time is this one between a sailor and a young nurse in Times Square, shortly after the surrender of Japan in 1945. Photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt caught the joyful moment. Alfred Eisenstaedt / Time & Life Pictures

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V-J Day in Times Square Kiss The caption for Alfred Eisenstaedt’s photograph in the August 27, 1945, issue of LIFE was “In the middle of New York’s Times Square a white-clad girl clutches her purse and skirt as an uninhibited sailor plants his lips squarely on hers.” (Read more about the photograph at LIFE.com.) In 2012, CBS News identified the sailor and nurse in the photo as George Mendonsa, a retired fisherman from Rhode Island, and Greta Friedman, and brought them together again in Times Square.Alfred Eisenstaedt / Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images

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Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev congratulates East German Leader Erich Honecker with a fraternal hug and kiss after Honecker's re-election as General Secretary of the Communist Party Congress in East Berlin, April 21, 1986. The anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall occurs November 9, 1999. Str Old/Reuters

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. World Leaders Kiss In honor of the 30th anniversary of the German Democratic Republic in 1979, Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and East German President Erich Honecker shared a “fraternal kiss” (also once referred to as a “Kremlin kiss”) — an expression of solidarity exchanged between Eastern Bloc pols when the Soviet Union existed. There was a Dmitri Vrubel mural of this moment on the Berlin Wall captioned “God help me to survive this deadly love affair.” Helmuth Lohmann AP

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‘My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love’ My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love (Russian: «Господи! Помоги мне выжить среди этой смертной любви», German: Mein Gott, hilf mir, diese todliche Liebe zu uberleben ), sometimes referred to as the Fraternal Kiss is a graffiti painting on the Berlin wall by Dmitri Vrubel, one of the best known of the Berlin wall graffiti paintings. Created in 1990, the painting depicts Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker in a fraternal embrace, reproducing a photograph that captured the moment in 1979 during the 30th anniversary celebration of the foundation of the German Democratic Republic.

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U.S. President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are shown kissing on the "Kiss Cam" screen during a timeout in the Olympic basketball exhibition game between the U.S. and Brazil national men's teams in Washington Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

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US actress Stone kisses US actor Gere during the "Cinema for Peace 2007" charity gala supporting UNICEF in Berlin Tobias Schwarz/Reuters

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France's first lady Carla Sarkozy kisses President Nicolas Sarkozy at a cafe terrace in the gardens of the Versailles Chateau near Paris Antoine Gyor/Reuters

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Golfer Tiger Woods hugs and kisses his mother Kultida Woods after making a statement to reporters and friends in Ponte Vedra Beach Joe Skipper/Reuters

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Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, kiss as they stand next to bridesmaids Grace van Cutsem and Margarita Armstrong-Jones on the balcony at Buckingham Palace after their wedding in Westminster Abbey, in central London Darren Staples/Reuters

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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian kiss on arrival at the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

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Britney Spears (L) gets a kiss on the mouth from Madonna during the opening Win McNamee/Reuters

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Britney and Madonna Kiss Britney Spears and Madonna shocked the world by French-kissing — or playing “tonsil hockey,” as TIME’s Joel Stein described it — at the MTV Video Music Awards on August 28, 2003. Critics compared it to Michael Jackson smooching Lisa Marie Presley at the 1994 ceremony. The image was apparently so appalling to some people that The Atlanta Journal-Constitution had to apologize for placing it on the front page of the newspaper. And viewers who saw Miley Cyrus twerk on stage at the awards a decade later will chuckle at The Los Angeles Times description of the Britney-Madonna kiss: “The fact that this yawn-worthy Madonna shock tactic became the central topic of the show’s post-mortems indicates how low the once-essential showcase has sunk.” Rich Lam Getty Image

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France's newly-elected President Francois Hollande kisses his companion Valerie Trierweiler as they celebrate on stage during a victory rally at Place de la Bastille in Paris Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

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Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona and Boca Juniors striker Carlos Tevez kiss each other. Andres Stapff/Reuters

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French President Chirac kisses the hand of German Chancellor Merkel upon his arrival at the chancellery in Berlin Tobias Schwarz/Reuters

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Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander kisses his wife Princess Maxima as they wave to the crowd from the balcony of the Royal Palace after their wedding February 2, 2002. Christian Charisius/Reuters

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US actor Michael Douglas kisses his fiancee Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones after the opening of the actor's new cultural center in the village of Valldemossa on the Spanish island of Mallorca March 25, 2000. Dani Cardona/Reuters

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Al and Tipper Gore Kiss The Vice President Al Gore made headlines when he hugged his wife Tipper tightly and kissed her for three whole seconds — which felt like forever — at the Democratic National Convention on Aug. 17, 2000. Gore did not win the 2000 presidential election, however, and the couple separated a decade later. Robert Nickelsberg—Liaison/Getty Images

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Actor Adrien Brody (L) kisses Halle Berry as she presents him with the best male actor Oscar for his role in "The Pianist" at the 75th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California, March 23, 2003. Mike Blake/Reuters

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Actresses Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi kiss after Ellen won outstanding talk show host for "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" at the 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Kodak theatre in Hollywood Fred Prouser/Reuters

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‘Vancouver kissing couple’ The fiery riots in Vancouver, Canada, could not subdue the fiery passion between Australian native Scott Jones and Alexandra Thomas, who were photographed making out on the ground in the middle of the street during the chaos that broke out on June 15, 2011, after the Boston Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final. In the picture, taken by Getty Images photographer Rich Lam, Jones was trying to calm Thomas down after the two had been overwhelmed by the surge of police. Rich Lam Getty Image

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World Leaders Don’t Kiss Presumably inspired by the Brezhnev-Honecker kiss, the clothing company United Colors of Benetton’s 2011 ad campaign for its UNHATE Foundation featured digitally manipulated images of world leaders kissing, including Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel locking lips with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, President Barack Obama with Chinese President Hu Jintao, and Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Jong-il with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak. The image of Pope Benedict XVI kissing a high-profile Egyptian imam Ahmed el-Tayeb was removed after the Vatican condemned it as “offensive” to the Pope and Catholics in general. In a statement, the company defended the campaign as “symbolic images of reconciliation – with a touch of ironic hope and constructive provocation.” Martin Bureau AFP/Getty Images

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The Notebook Allie (Rachel McAdams) and Noah (Ryan Gosling), a passionate kiss in the rain after several years of separation. Even the disapproval of family and the presence of the bridegroom can not separate them in this romantic film in 2004.

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'Spider-Man' Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire), is heels over head in love with Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst) in this 2002 super-hero saga, which has one of the most recognizable movie kisses ever. Everett Collection

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The Kiss of Death Some kisses are far from romantic. In The Godfather Part II (1974), mob boss Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) kisses his brother Fredo (John Cazale) in Havana and reveals that he knows Fredo had betrayed him: “I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart.” TIME’s Richard Corliss called the scene, “one of the most powerful kisses in movies: the kiss that kills.” Paramount

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Everett Collection 'Brokeback Mountain' This 2005 romantic drama film starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, depicts the complex romantic and sexual relationship between two men in the American West. Everett Collection

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The Fastest Runner Kiss World champion Jamaican runner Usain Bolt kisses the track after winning the 100m and 200m races in record times at the London Summer Games on Aug. 9, 2012–a first in Olympic history. Reuters

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Speed Skaters Kiss Canadian speed skater Charles Hamelin skated over to his girlfriend, speed skater Marianne St-Gelais, and planted a big one on her while straddling the track barrier after winning a gold medal in the 1,500m short track on Feb. 10, 2014 at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The embrace was an encore of their kiss at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada. Brian Snyder Reuters

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'Sleeping Beauty' Princess Aurora is doomed to die on her 16th birthday in this animated Disney classic from 1959. Thankfully, a good fairy uses her spell to have the princess fall asleep until she is awakened with a kiss. In the end, Prince Phillip removes the curse with the Kiss of Awakening, and yes, they live happily ever after. Everett Collection

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'Lady and the Tramp' Pampered cocker spaniel Lady falls in love with the Tramp, a mutt who lives on the streets. Their kiss happens as they share the same spaghetti noodle: a beautiful and touching moment. Everett Collection

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'Lady and the Tramp' Pampered cocker spaniel Lady falls in love with the Tramp, a mutt who lives on the streets. Their kiss happens as they share the same spaghetti noodle: a beautiful and touching moment. Everett Collection

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'The Princess Bride' Cary Elwes and Robin Wright's unrequited love finally fulfilled in the winsome 1987 film. The narration put it nicely: "Since the invention of the kiss there have been five kisses that were rated the most passionate, the most pure. This one left them all behind."20th Century Fox

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'Planet of the Apes' Filmdom's first interspecies smooch may have been in this 1968 sci-fi classic. Chimpanzee psychologist Dr. Zira (Kim Stanley) meets injured astronaut George Taylor (Charlton Heston) and helps nurse him back to health. Before Taylor departs, they share a goodbye kiss. Everett Collection

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'The Empire Strikes Back' Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) find the Force of mutual attraction in the second Star Wars film. 20th Century Fox

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'When Harry Met Sally' The New Years' Eve kiss shared by Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) is the highlight of this 1993 romantic comedy classic. Everett Collection

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Will Ferrell and Sacha Baron Cohen One of the most talked-about moments of the 2007 MTV movie awards was when actors Will Ferrell (left) and Sacha Baron Cohen liplocked after accepting their award for "Best Kiss. Kevin Winter / Getty Images

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'Titanic' Rose (Kate Winslet) and Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) share a kiss aboard the doomed ship in the1997 hit "Titanic." Winner of eleven Oscars, it was the first film to earn more than $1 billion worldwide. Everett Collection

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'Twilight' Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson exchange a steamy smooch in the 2006 hit "Twilight." There is crazy chemistry between their characters: Vampire Edward longs to kiss Bella tenderly, but must overcome his unfortunate impulse to, well, drink her blood. Summit Entertainment

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James Bond and Pussy Galore In this 1964 scene from the third film in the James Bond franchise, "Goldfinger," James Bond, played by Sean Connery, has a passionate embrace with the villainous Goldfinger's personal pilot Pussy Galore, played by Honor Blackman. Is there any James Bond movie where 007 doesn't kiss the Bond girl? Getty Images

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"Nerd Kissing Supermodel" Israeli supermodel Bar Rafaeli and actor Jesse Heiman locked lips in this GoDaddy.com commercial during the Super Bowl for a long, drawn out kiss that had viewers alternately cringing and laughing. The blonde beauty kissing the nerd was supposed to represent GoDaddy's combination of sexy and smart. TODAY

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Willie Geist and Al Roker TODAY's Willie and Al Roker got a little closer than unusual while testing out a new lip gloss. Peter Kramer / NBC

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John Travolta and Kirk Douglas In 2007, John Travolta surprised everyone at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival by kissing Kirk Douglas when he was in the middle of accepting the Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film. We think Mr. Douglas was the most surprised of all, particularly considering his age and more conservative celebrity life. Travolta has been called out for being a homosexual when photos of him kissing his male nanny were being passed around the media a couple years ago. Former co-star, Kirstie Alley, has made her views public, "I know John. With all my heart and soul, he's not gay."

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Thomas Edison’s The Kiss In this 1896 film, May Irwin and John Rice, actors in the New York stage comedy The Widow Jones, reenact a 19-second-long kiss from the show.

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Thomas Edison’s The Kiss In this 1896 film, May Irwin and John Rice, actors in the New York stage comedy The Widow Jones, reenact a 19-second-long kiss from the show. Shot by Edison’s Vitascope cinema projector, it is considered to be the first movie kiss. Not everyone found it romantic, however, like painter John Sloan, who reportedly wrote, “Magnified to Gargantuan proportions and repeated three times over, it is absolutely disgusting.”

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'From Here to Eternity' Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr share one of cinema's most legendary embraces in the 1953 movie. The iconic beach scene was shot at Halona Cove, Oahu, Hawaii. Everett Collection

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'Casablanca' "You must remember this: A kiss is just a kiss" goes "As Time Goes By," played throughout the 1942 drama that many consider one of Hollywood's greatest romances. Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman portray lovers torn apart by the tides of World War II. Everett Collection

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Marlene Dietrich, 1945 Marlene Dietrich passionately kisses a soldier returning home from WWII through a porthole on the Monticello as other soldiers lift her up. Photo by Irving Haberman.

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Albert Wertheimer Elvis: The Kiss Albert Wertheimer was charged with photographing Elvis Presley in 1965. This one took place behind the stage of the Mosque Theatre in Richmond, Virginia, on June 30, 1956. A fan said to Elvis. 'I’ll bet you can’t kiss me,' to which Elvis replied, 'I betcha I can.'

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'It's a Wonderful Life' In the 1946 classic, James Stewart plays a small-town man whose life seems so desperate he contemplates suicide. He marries his childhood sweetheart Donna Reed and is stopped from jumping off a from a bridge by his guardian angel, who shows him what life would have become had he had never lived.

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'Gone with the Wind' "You need kissing badly," Clark Gable, as Rhett Butler, told Vivien Leigh's Scarlett O'Hara in this 1939 epic. "You should be kissed, and often. And by someone who knows how." While proposing to the twice-widowed Scarlett, he proves he's the man for the job..

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'Ghost' In the 1990 supernatural romance "Ghost," the love between Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze transcends death itself. Paramount Pictures

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'Breakfast at Tiffany's' Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) jumps from her taxi to smooch her love (George Peppard) in the rain at the climax of this classic 1961 film. Everett Collection

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Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio in Romeo and Juliet Forbidden love. The greatest love story of all time.

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