In the process of shaving, a young man cuts himself. A lot.



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This short film is a metaphor for the Vietnam War. A man walks into a meticulously clean and sterile bathroom, concentrating on the polished porcelain and shiny metal motif. He then proceeds to shave. When his face is clean, however, he only continues to shave until he pierces through his skin. Blood covers him and falls around him, the red contrasting the perfect spotlessness of the bathroom. Written by Joseph D. Guernsey

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October 1968 (USA)  »

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The Big Shave... or, Viet '67  »

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Scorsese thought of it as a film about the effects of the Vietnam war and considered it at one point ending it with stock footage from that war. See more »

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Excellent Martin Scorsese short film
19 November 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Big Shave (1967) D: Martin Scorsese. Peter Bernuth. Excellent Martin Scorsese short film about a young man who is shaving and cuts himself, with the results symbolic of the Vietnam War, which Scorsese was opposed to. The camerawork is fluid and flawless, the scene very bloody, but wonderfully done, one of the best short films I've seen. RATING: 9 out of 10.

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