Bathrooms appear throughout Stanley Kubrick's films. In alchemy, the term "bath", along with other code words such as "grave", "prison", "room" etc. refers to the retort or matrass used for the purification process of base material ("prima materia").
In addition, bathrooms denote the "putrefaction" stage of this process, during which old material was left to rot and decompose.
Two suicides occur in Kubrick's bathrooms. In The Shining, a young, naked woman in a bath tub turns out to be an dead, old, decaying woman. The soldiers in Full Metal Jacket use the phrase, "A world of shit" as a standard expression.
In chronological order, this overview includes clips from Paths of Glory, Spartacus, Lolita, Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, Eyes Wide Shut.
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