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Banned Commercial Showing Naked Women In Sauna

A young man in a sauna discovers that he can see through the holes of a small ventilation grille into the voluptuous naked women in the ladies department…

This 1986 Danish sauna commercial is a classic Ekstra Bladet commercial. Banned from TV and loved by the audiencence. The commercial was produced before the national Danish TV2 aired in 1988 but was shown in Danish cinemas. The Newspaper That Covers Everything!

What only few people are aware of is that it is dicreted by the later world famous film maker Lars von Trier, who according to the Trier-biographer Peter Schepelern had his first popular breakthrough with this movie. 

The text at the end of the commercial (Godt vi har Ekstra Bladet) says somthing like: ‘Fortunately we have Ekstra Bladet’.

The ‘Sauna’ commercial was produced by Wibroe, Duckert & Partners in 1986 for Ekstra Bladet.

Lars von Trier is inspired by this scene in Mel Brook’s ‘History of the World Part 1‘ movie from 1981, where the romans are testing eunuchs:


Who is Lars von Trier?

Lars von Trier (born Lars Trier) is a famous Danish film director who has has received the Palme d’Or (for Dancer in the Dark), the Grand Prix (for Breaking the Waves), the Prix du Jury (for Europa), and the Technical Grand Prize (for The Element of Crime and Europa) at the Cannes Film Festival. Von Trier is also the founder and shareholder of the Danish film production company Zentropa Films.

What is Ekstra Bladet?

Ekstra Bladet is a Danish tabloid newspaper well know for its boundary-pushing commercials.


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