Although cinema had been invented some thirteen years before, Austria still had to familiarise itself with this new form of artistic expression. Cameras were still very rudimentary and scene changes rarely took place. Also In the Bath, therefore, has the simplest mise en scène possible. Everything takes place in a single room and, thanks to some editing cuts to give the whole thing dynamism, the scene unfolds rather quickly.
A Modern Eve reveals a cynical but also amused approach to married life. No one is really innocent, everyone, in this little film by Johann Schwarzer, has their own little, big secrets. The director, just as with all his other works, is never judgmental, but observes his protagonists with affection and benevolence and above all wants to give the audience a few minutes of light-heartedness.
Although the first Austrian film in history – Von Stufe zu Stufe by Heinz Hanus – dates back to 1908, it has to be said that a production company, Saturn-Film, founded by photographer Johann Schwarzer and specialised exclusively in the production of erotic short films, had already been established in Austria for a couple of years. The films produced here include The vain Housemaid.