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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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After the Bath
28 March 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

After the Ball (1897)

** (out of 4)

aka Apres le bal

As the title suggests, a woman returns home from a ball and begins to get undressed with the help of her servant. I guess this film would enter the genre of those early films that tried to show a little bit of nudity for the male viewers. There's some nudity in this film that will certainly make some viewers raise their eyes but this did happen in quite a few shorts of this era. There's really nothing here that stands out as being a film from Melies but this works best as a history lesson of early nudity on film. It's also worth noting that when you watch the film pay attention to the servant towards the end of the movie as she is looking off screen and talking, apparently the director, asking if he has finished filming.


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