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The Big Shave

The Big Shave (1967)

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Martin Scorsese's experimental short, The Big Shave, materialized during one of the director's harrowing bouts with depression -- a time when he had trouble shaving. An anonymous young man (Peter Bernuth) enters a pristine white bathroom and begins shaving to the tune of Bunny Berigan's 1939 recording of "I Can't Get Started." The man shaves slowly and methodically, stoically piercing through his skin and bloodying his surroundings. Shot on ten rolls of Afga color film donated by the Palais des





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A personal statement film.

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This is a very cool Scorsese short that you can easily watch on Flixster's page for this film. For '67 this is some nice blood fx, very dark and consistently colored blood. Great little soundtrack, but some sound fx would improve this greatly. Many say that this short is about Vietnam, but as FilmAddykt observes, this can also be a metaphor for vanity. Expanding on that thought, I think this is about self-destruction brought about by vanity, ego, being over the top, or any similar destructive excess which one perpetrates in pursuit of perfection.
January 29, 2010

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Gripping, bloody and basic early attempt by Scorsese
June 23, 2008

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You can see it at
February 26, 2008

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One of scorsese's earlier short films. This probably best represents his opinion on the vietnam war because of the man continuously shaving himself, almost taking the blood off his hands.

This may be a little hard to watch at times but worth the watch just to see a Scorsese short film. It is avalible on youtube, which is where i watched it.
October 3, 2006

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