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Martin Scorsese: The Big Shave

Martin_ScorseseThe Big Shave is the fourth short film by Italian-born American director, who filmed it just after his first feature film Who’s That Knocking at My Door (1967).

In the short, also known as Viet ’67, the filmmaker from Queens made ​​a metaphor for the Vietnam War using gallows humour. A critique about the U.S. involvement in that war, a self-mutilation, the one that the country suffered for stick their nose into other’s people business, having nothing to gain, but even so, they went to war, perhaps only to show its huge potential, but ultimately one of the things that they showed was greed, which would be represented by the actor shaving and cutting himself.

It was originally made ​​for the anti-Vietnam protest held that same year, 1967, known as “The Angry Arts against the War”. It premiered at the Experimental Film Festival in Belgium in 1968, where it won the L’Âge d’or, created by Jacques Ledoux and René Micha.

The actor is Peter Bermuth, apparently this was his only appearance into the cinema’s world, who shaves as normal, finish, but not convinced, he shaves again until it begins to cut himself and bleed profusely.

Great choice of music, which gives that air of tranquility that nothing is happening here, it’s just a man shaving like any other day. This is Bunny Berigan and his famous recording I Can’t Get Started (1937).

Important Notice: If you get dizzy watching blood easily, do not even try watch it!

Recorded at Film School of New York University. 6 min.

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