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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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They Liked 'Em Hefty Then.
8 March 2015 | by (Deming, New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews

This is pretty funny. It's very short -- hardly more than a minute -- but entertaining in its own self-conscious way. A middle-aged woman shaped like a bottle of chianti walks into a room and, with the help of a maid, removes all of her clothes and takes a bath in what looks like black sand. The set is a clumsily painted attempt at nouveau art.

The woman never turns towards the camera after doffing her many garments but there's an untempting look at her naked behind, resembling a matched set of butcher block tables, before the maid drapes her in a large towel. Before they leave, the maid turns to look at the camera and giggles. Good old Méliès. Leave it to him to do something so silly that you get a kick out of watching it.


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