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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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Georges Méliès (uncredited)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jeanne Brady Jeanne Brady ... Servant (as Jane Brady)
Jehanne d'Alcy Jehanne d'Alcy ... Woman (as Jeanne d'Alcy)
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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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1.33 : 1
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The servant casts a last-second glance toward the camera as if to ask the director whether it's still rolling. See more »

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This is the first "adult" film
11 April 2000 | by iamsethhSee all my reviews

I'm not making this up: This movie, from 1897, was the first ever "adult" film. It is very tame by today's standards. You could show it on tv with no problems. It involved two women, wearing skin colored suits. One of them is in a bath, and the other has a pitcher full of ashes - the ash is supposed to be water, but the water wouldn't show up on the 19th century film. So she pours the ashes over her and washes her. It's about a minute long. Melies advertised this in his film catalogue as ideal for bachelor parties.


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