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Shaving the Castro (1996)

Louie's Barber Shop opened in 1947, in a working class, mostly Italian Neighborhood in San Francisco called the Castro. The neighborhood has changed but Louie's is still there.


Johnny Symons


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Credited cast:
Louie Sisneros Louie Sisneros ... Himself
Johnny Symons Johnny Symons ... Himself - Narrator


Louie's Barbershop opened in 1947 in a San Francisco neighborhood called The Castro. In the beginning, the neighborhood was a quiet, working class, Irish community, but in the years since, it has become world famous as one of the first gay communes. Forty years later, Louie still mans his chair, but now, mixed in with neighborhood regulars from before are a varied mix of old and young, gay, lesbian, and transgendered people who are happy patrons. This film shows how the GLBT community can embrace an old, neighborhood institution, a barber shop, and make it a part of their ethos and community. Written by trivwhiz

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24 June 1996 (USA) See more »

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The Castro is an old neighborhood in San Francisco, California which, over a span of about fifty years, went from sleepy working class in the 1940s and 1950s, to counter culture hippie in the 1960s and 1970s, to glbt in the 1980s and 1990s. See more »

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Digitally remastered in 2004 with original music by Michael Halaas See more »


Edited into Men's Mix 1: Gay Shorts Collection (2004) See more »

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Could've Been A Silent Film
31 December 2004 | by LegionSee all my reviews

With practically no narrative, this film was a work of passion for the author, but pretty dull and uninteresting to me. There was some good shots as far as cinematography, and I have to admit it was hard for me to determine when it was filmed, recently or as many as thirty years ago based on some of the attire during the short. Throughout the snippets that are spliced together, there's never a full shave or a full cut. I guess the meaning and intention was lost on me. The film had a grainy quality to it that added to the sense of surrealism. It was included on the Men's Mix 1: Gay Short Collection. This doesn't make any sense to me, though maybe there's some subculture thing that I just don't connect with. I rate it a 5 and that's being generous.

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