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The Big Shave (1967)

Not Rated | | Short, Drama, Horror | October 1968 (USA)
In the process of shaving, a young man cuts himself. A lot.

Director:

Martin Scorsese

Writer:

Martin Scorsese
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Cast

Credited cast:
Peter Bernuth Peter Bernuth ... Young Man
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Short | Drama | Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Country:

USA

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Release Date:

October 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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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Whiteness - Herman Melville See more »

Alternate Versions

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 »

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Referenced in A Healthy Smile (2009) See more »

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Excellent Martin Scorsese short film
19 November 2002 | by duce122See 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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