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|THE BIG SHAVE (director/writer: Martin Scorsese; screenwriter: ; cinematographer: ; editor: ; music: ; cast: Peter Bernuth; Runtime: 7; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: ; Janus; 1968)|
by Dennis Schwartz
Shot by recent NYU film school grad
Martin Scorsese ("Raging Bull"/"Taxi Driver"/"The
Last Waltz") as a personal statement film about his
reaction to the ongoing tragic Vietnam War. The
short was shown at underground film festivals, and
was taken by the audience to be a funny film. A
young man (Peter
Bernuth), in a pristine white bathroom, shaves with
a razor and continually draws blood until the sink
is covered in red. In the background soundtrack, Bunny Berigan's 1939
recording of "I Can't Get Started"plays throughout.
The bloodied innocent man stands for a metaphor on
the self-destructive nature of the unpopular war.
The film was created for the week-long anti-Vietnam protest by "The Angry Arts Against the War."
REVIEWED ON 4/2/2013 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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