While a long bath is often associated with relaxation, introspection and self care, nothing is ever that simple in film. From Burnham’s darkest fantasy in American Beauty to the depressive numbness of Lady Lyndon’s bath in Barry Lyndon, the beauty and vulnerability of such an intimate ritual has been explored by cinema directors for a long time and been an important part of some remarkable scenes. These are some of the most iconic bathtub moments in film, along with the best products to replicate them at home.
American Beauty (1999)
When Lester Burnham fantasizes about Angela Hayes taking a bath, there are petals of red roses spread all over the water. While this dream sequence might be of a perverse nature, Mena Suvari’s beauty makes it one of the most memorable scenes in the movie.
The Dreamers (2003)
Matthew is taking a bath with the siblings Téo and Isabelle when he professes his love for them for the first time. Set in the late sixties during the 1968 student riots, The Dreamers tells the story of three young students living together in Paris and sharing a three-way, fervorous romance.
At Long Last Love (1975)
Some call this musical one of the worst films ever made, but Cybill Shepherd needs to get credit for her lovely bathtub scene. The actress sings “Which is the right life” while stripping her satiny clothes off and taking a hot bath in a white marble bathtub.
Barry Lyndon (1975)
After seeing her husband kissing another woman, Lady Lyndon tries to distract herself with card games and long baths. Although the cinematography of the entire movie is astounding, the bathtub scene really stands out.
Pretty Woman (1990)
Living her best life in the Beverly Wilshire hotel, Vivian enjoys a bubble bath while listening to Prince’s “Kiss” before being interrupted by lover Edward Lewis.
Cleopatra discusses politics with her officers while bathing in a luxurious tub filled with flowers. The queen has a crystal golden boat with flacons containing perfumed oils, which she applies on her body.