Saturday, November 2, 2013

PEPLUM Cliché : Baths / Saunas

A real PEPLUM genre cliché : scenes taking place in baths / saunas. They are regular in films of the genre. In fact, big important scenes often occur in such settings. It's also a great showcase for  Cheesecake or Beefcake moments. This cliché differs from the equally popular 'Bathing Beauty' or 'Bathing Beefcake' which shows one person taking a bath, indoors or outdoors.

Posted at the PEPLUM Clichés page.

Victor Mature tends to Richard Burton's needs in the bath scene in THE ROBE


Above and below : the bath / sauna scene from TWO NIGHTS WITH CLEOPATRA starring a young Sophia Loren


The bath / sauna scene in BEN-HUR with Stephen Boyd (right)

Laurence Olivier and John Gavin in the bath / sauna scene in SPARTACUS. A big chunk of the film takes place here.

The sauna in 79 AD ThE DESTRUCTION OF HERCULANEUM

Germano Longo in SLAVE QUEEN OF BABYLON


Above and below: the sauna in UP POMPEII! Frankie Howerd is startled by a fellow sauna enthusiast



1 comment:

iain said...

The naked stranger walking past Frankie Howerd in the last pic is none other than Dave 'Darth Vader' Prowse, who guested in a number of UK tv comedies in the 1970s. I remember the episode. Howerd turns directly to camera and, with a customary raising of those expressive eyebrows, declares 'All men are NOT created equal!'