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The Mysteries of a Hairdresser's Shop (1923)
"Mysterien eines Frisiersalons" (original title)

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Karl Valentin plays a journeyman in a barber shop who prefers to stay in bed than to take care of his (already heavily bearded) customers. When he's at work, he removes boils with hammer, ... See full summary »

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Karl Valentin plays a journeyman in a barber shop who prefers to stay in bed than to take care of his (already heavily bearded) customers. When he's at work, he removes boils with hammer, chisel and pincers, turns long-haired men into skin-heads and chops off people's heads. Written by Philipp Gierenstein <>

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Absurdly Hilarious Short
15 November 2010 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In a barbershop, the famous Professor Moras and author of the successful book How to Be Attractive asks the clumsy barber to cut his hair and beard exactly like in the poster in a door. However, the barber assistant accidentally turns the back of the poster with the picture of a skinhead Chinese and the barber follows the hairstyle. Meanwhile the assistant, who has a crush on Moras, is jealous of his mate and treats the woman badly. The woman cries and the three clients that are in the waiting room read in the front page of the newspaper that a man was cut by a barber and they become scared. Professor Moras leaves the barbershop completely upset with his weird appearance and when he meets an acquaintance in a restaurant, he uses a client's hat to hide his haircut. The client believes that he is stealing the hat and defies him to a duel with sabers. Before the fight, the man goes to the barbershop and the barber startles and accidentally beheads him. But the barber fixes the head with a band but during the duel, the barber assistant uses a stick fishing to remove the head and save her beloved Moras.

"Mysterien eines Frisiersalons" is an absurdly hilarious short. The surrealistic story is written and directed by Bertolt Brecht and Erich Engel and it is worth watching. I laughed a lot with the barber with a huge nose and his bearded clients. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Os Mistérios de Uma Barbearia" ("The Mysteries of a Barbershop")

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