Lights, Camera, Bathtub!
For most, bath time is about relaxation and rejuvenation. Let’s be honest, the terms cinematography, glamour, and drama are most likely not ones that would be used to recount the average bathing routine. Here at TOA Waters, however, we’re not about average. With the 2021 Oscars approaching on Sunday, April 25, we thought you’d enjoy revisiting some of cinematography’s most iconic bubble bath splashes!
Cue the bubbles and soak in the spectacles because here we go!
1. Pretty Woman (1990)
This iconic film stars Julia Roberts who plays a young woman named Vivian. In this iconic sud-scene, Vivian is soaking in bubbles and singing her version of Prince’s Kiss. Few know that while filming this scene director Gary Marshall played a prank on Roberts. Marshall had all cast and crew leave the set. It took Roberts some time to notice while she was soaking in the bubble bath. Let’s just say she was none too pleased!
2. Fatal Attraction (1987)
In the final scene of this film, Alex Forrest is drowned and shot in the bathtub. That’s not a way for any bubble bath to end. This ending certainly made some waves in more ways than one. Unfortunately, after having her head dunked underwater more than fifty times, the leading actress developed both eye and nose infections while filming!
3. Some Like it Hot (1959)
This film stars Tony Curtis who played a character known as both Joe and Josephine. Director, Billy Wilder, later recalled that the bubble bath scene, which was only about two minutes in length, took an entire day to film because actress Marilyn Monroe was in a delicate state after having been ill the day before filming took place.
4. Girl, Interrupted (1999)
In this film, Winona Ryder plays a teenager named Susanna Kaysen. Susanna is a teenager who has been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder and has been institutionalized. This film’s iconic bathtub scene involves Whoopi Goldberg’s character, Nurse Valerie, tossing Suassana into a tub filled with cold water. The Nurse’s intention is that Susanna will choose to take herself out of the tub just as the nurse hopes that her patient will work towards taking herself out of her destructive behaviors and the depression that grips her.
5. Splendor in the Grass (1961)
This film stars Natalie Wood playing a young woman named Deanie Loomis. Deanie is a sexually repressed character. During the scene, Wood is seen soaking nude, a bold and controversial choice for an actress of her time. While contemplating the state of her love life, Wood’s character breaks down into an iconic fit of tears.
6. Splash (1984)
This film stars Daryl Hannah and Tom Hanks. It tells the story of the romance that blossoms between their characters, Madison and Allen. What’s the catch? Hannah’s character is a mermaid. During the film’s iconic bathtub scene, Hannah’s character prepares a salt bath in Allen’s apartment and transforms from a woman to a mermaid, fins and all!
7. Barry Lyndon (1975)
This scene is based on William Thackeray’s novel, The Luck of Barry Lyndon. Director Stanley Kurbick was in the habit of shooting multiple takes for each scene. This was unfortunate for actress Marisa Berenson, who played Lady Lyndon in the film. The actress sat in the tub with minimal clothing while the water temperature dropped significantly. Set on his particularities, Kubrick would only allow for warm water to be added to the tub if the water levels stayed exactly the same!
Luckily, for most, bath time is less about the lights, camera, and action and more about the suds and comfort. Who’s to say we don’t all deserve some Hollywood luxury though? Check out TOA Waters premium bubble baths and feel like the stars every time you treat yourself to a dip! The best bubble bath, made for both men and women alike!