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The Big Shave

Directed by Martin Scorsese
United States, 1967
Drama, Short


A young man enters a bathroom, lathers his face, and shaves over and over again, nicking his face…

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The Big Shave Directed by Martin Scorsese

Critics reviews

Even before the blood starts flowing in movie-movie red, the blocky 16 mm colors, in a controlled palette of bright whites and flesh tones, are bigger than life. In the second half of The Big Shave, as the film starts to live up to its title, the pace of the cutting accelerates, and is timed more forcefully to the tempo of the song, with edits coming on each toot of the horn… Left profile, right profile, frontal close-up. Scorsese tracks and magnifies the impact of every cut—in both senses of the word.
September 18, 2014
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