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After the Ball, the Bath (1897)

Après le bal (original title)
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The first film to ever show a nudity scene on screen is a simple presentation of a servant preparing a bath for another woman.

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An elegantly dress woman and her maid servant enter a room which has a large basin on the floor. The maid immediately helps the woman disrobe giving modern viewers an idea of how many layers of clothing women wore in 1897. When the woman is down to her last garment she steps into the tub and the maid pours what appears to be black powder onto her back. She then covers the woman with a robe, pats her dry and the film ends. Written by DrRichardh

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Artificial coloring was added to the water, because director Georges Méliès was concerned that audiences would not be able to tell that the servant was bathing the woman if regular, transparent water was used. See more »

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Bath time
17 January 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When the photographic camera was invented, it was not long before presumably a man got his girlfriend or wife to take her clothes off in order to take nude pictures.

Georges Melies 'After the Bath' is regarded as the first film containing nudity.

A maid prepares the bath for a lady (Mrs Melies, no less) who takes off her various garments and boy there are lots of them before she goes into the tin bath.

As the lady turns back we see her posterior although I do not understand why the maid throws some soil on her. Given the rather cheeky look the maid gives to the camera I cannot help but think that Melies was flirting with the boundaries of erotica.


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