Like Bread and Water
Each Monday is hard and we know it all too well but when it happens to be the first of those in the month, while at the same time all summer illusions are fading to black, temperatures are dropping low and the days are getting shorter, what we need is a good excuse to stay at home, so that our life starts to have even the slightest meaning again.
Well, cheer up because today is the National Bathtub Day which is here to remind you why and how the little things are those that matter the most.
Today you have the perfect excuse to spend the night in your very own terrific company and fully enjoy the reviving feeling which only a warm tub with dozens of bubbles can give you.
There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them. - Sylvia Plath.
Alongside the eternal dilemmas - to be or not to be, dog or cat person, tea or coffee - another controversial question is waiting to be answered: bath or shower?
Since 7th October is quite a special day, we just want to remind you that no matter how many great ideas have been born under the shower, one significant bathtub lover reserved his spot in the history books worldwide for generations to come.
Archimedes' principle was born, while the Greek scientist was washing away the stress by enjoying a hot bath.
In Deep Waters
Since the bathtub was introduced in England in 1828, we simply can’t get enough of it and we are surely not the only ones.
Have you noticed how many cult TV Shows have at least one steamy scene, which takes place precisely in a warm tub - there are Friends, The Vampire Diaries, Stranger Things, Game of Thrones and so many more, and don’t get us started on music videos.
Mariah Carey, Kylie Minogue, Beyonce, Rihanna, Pink, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez - long story short - literally every pop princess ever has had a music video featuring her in a bath.
But today we’ve decided to take things to the next level and introduce you to our list of the 10 most iconic bathtub scenes in cinema.
A Star is Born, 50 Shades of Grey, Requiem for a Dream, The Shining, Last Tango in Paris, The Big Lebowski, Diary of a Nymphomaniac, and Fight Club form quite the diverse compilation but all of those big movie titles have one thing in common:
An iconic bathtub scene that the viewers all around the globe have remembered.
Still, no matter how emblematic they seem, all of them are just honourable mentions in our exclusive list of cult steamy movie moments.
And since we’re about to talk about significant scenes, which in some cases are essential for the whole plot, a Spoiler Alert is in order.
Pretty Woman (1990)
Another romance which has become an iconic representation of true love. Vivian Ward may be many things but forgettable surely won’t make the cut. And when it comes to this cult movie - who could possibly forget the scene with Julia Roberts (who owns the impressive
88 inches of therapylegs, as her heroine tells us later on), a zillion bubbles and a Prince soundtrack?!
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
This a story about three musketeers, a television show and lots of dirty money. For those of you, who somehow missed this terrific movie, which won eight Academy Awards in 2009 (including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay), please do yourself a big favor and just watch it. For the rest, one picture would be more than enough.
Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)
Westerns are significant part of cinema’s history and Clint Eastwood’s life alike, and this one in particular has a line that most of us remember far too well. When Hogan finds Sara naked in a hot tub and she asks if he is going to take off his hat, all the former soldier has to say is:
Haven’t got time for thatand then dives fully clothed into the water to get his hands on her, starting with a passionate kiss.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
Talking about westerns we simply can’t leave the most emblematic of them behind, especially when it features such an epic bathtub scene, which gives a free lesson to all wanna-be-killers movie villains of all time -
When you have to shoot, shoot: don’t talk.
This Oliver Stone's cult movie featuring Al Pacino gave us Tony Montana, the character who became an icon for a whole generation, the breakthrough role of the breathtaking Michelle Pfeiffer, and the most pretentious bathtub the silver screen has ever seen.
In our humble opinion, this is a movie which should be on everyone’s watch list. Pleasantville is a film, which shows us how the courage to freely express yourself can truly change your perspective of life and bring colour to it (in this case quite literally). There are far too many notable scenes but one of them is when Betty Parker, the live-action representation of the perfect American housewife, discoveres the liberation of pleasure while enjoying a bath alone with her thoughts and secret desires.
What lies beneath (2000)
This cult horror movie starring Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer gives us one iconic bathtub scene. The plot mixes an affair, a murder and a ghost. The particular scene that we have in mind shows us how Dr. Norman Spencer paralyzes his wife Claire with halothane and places her in a slowly filling tub, trying to make her murder look like an innocent accident. There are numerous remakes of the scene and a famous parody of it featured in Scary Movie 2.
It looks like a good western simply can’t be made without an iconic bathtub scene in it. This one in particular appears by the end of the movie, when Annabelle Bransford famously played by Jodie Foster, turns out to be the best manipulator in the male-dominated world of five-card draw poker, which makes a point for the feminism worldwide. The moral of the story however is:
Don't put all your eggs in one basketand apparently don’t trust the pretty women even if they seem to be adorably cute damsels in distress.
A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
The iconic slasher film gave Johnny Depp his first chance to charm us all from the movie screen and this fact alone is already a reason to watch it but let’s be honest, how dull would be the world of serial killers in cinema without the bright personality of Freddy Krueger?! He is known to attack after dark when his victims are most vulnerable - during their sleep. The character is much deeper than a random bloody murderer and is an actual representation of our subconscious fears. As for the scene - no list of silver screen bathtubs would be complete without it.
This last movie came in the form of a bonus, since it wasn’t kept on the silver screen for long and didn’t get the chance to gain an iconic status but we are somehow sure that this bathtub scene is here to stay.
How to properly celebrate the Bathtub Day
depends on your individual choice. The options vary from scented candles, soft music and aromatherapy oils, to making pop-corn and watching your favourite movie (or some of the mentioned above), while in the tub, so relax in the warm water with a good book and a glass of wine by your side or simply turn off the phone and disconnect from the world for a while.
Choose whatever fits your mood and don’t forget to use the hashtag #BathtubDay if you want to celebrate the day on social media.
And don’t forget that no matter how good it makes you feel, the bathroom always needs proper cleaning. So don’t hesitate to call us if perfection is what you seek.
Our professional cleaning services are just a phone call away.