June 11, 2011

"Kiss Me, Stupid", New Year's Eve, New York City, 1965

Photo by Joel Meyerowitz

A prominently featured marquee in this photograph advertises the romantic comedy Kiss Me, Stupid, in which a piano teacher hires a woman to play the part of his wife when a lascivious performer comes to visit.

The title of this photograph indicates that Meyerowitz captured this scene on New Year’s Eve. With this knowledge, a viewer may begin to imagine that a theater employee put those words on the marquee that day in the spirit of the holiday.

The quotation marks around the phrase seem to imply an unseen, omnipresent speaker, hinting at the romantic notion this couple might have had that the words were meant for them, inspiring them to follow direction with a kiss.

"Kiss Me, Stupid" poster


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