Rodin indicated that his approach to sculpting women was of homage to them and their bodies, not just submitting to men but as full partners in ardor. The consequent eroticism in the sculpture made it controversial. The sculpture [The Kiss] was considered unsuitable for general display. – Wiki
I’m listening to Rodin’s ‘KISS (Le Baiser). How can you listen to the lover’s kiss? It’s impossible isn’t it? When the French sculptor made this thing out of a block of marble centuries ago, it was groundbreaking. People could feel the Spirit of it in the stone.
I’ve just received the master for a score Edoardo has written for NUNE. It’s for the scene we both called “The Kiss.” We struggled with it in the beginning because he wasn’t exactly sure what I was going for. But then after our meeting and looking at it together, I was able to put into words what that kiss—that moment meant.
I’d hate to say it, but this is the kind of stuff in movies that Insanity is made of it. It is the Magic and the Archetype that drives the audience mad.
At worst, the actors will create stalkers out of ordinary citizens who have never before been gripped by irrational numinosity. At best: the affect is transcendental.
The score for our “Kiss” is the first time I have “heard” a kiss. And to hear a kiss rather than to feel or see it is something out of the ordinary. It means that the score and the picture are in harmony with one another: not fighting one another, not talking to one another, and not competing or manipulating the argument.
The song and picture are making love.
When E and I analyzed the scene, we both decided that a very nice closure to it would be in repeating the NUNE theme song—sneaking it in, in the most unobtrusive and noninvasive way. The reentering of the theme was the doorway to my heart. It got me…stoned.
Rodin KISS may have created love out of stone. But I hope that NUNE’s kiss turns the essence of love back into stone—to show that Spirit lives within—and not only can it be felt, but also heard.