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.
Joseph D. Guernsey
Did You Know?
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
Some prints allegedly contain a final title card connecting the film to the Vietnam War, though such prints are no longer in circulation, nor is it on the videocassette version. See more
Remade as The Big Shave