The shave

A 1967 short film by Martin Scorsese about shaving?

We watched this for the first time recently and were blown away.  An apparently simple film which shows a man shaving, ‘The Big Shave’ is most frequently interpreted by critics as a comment on America’s reckless, doomed involvement in the Vietnam War, particularly its self-destructiveness. (It’s still relevant today, of course.) But you also get a glimpse of things that would become part of the Scorsese cinemagraphic style, especially his use of violence to confront his audience. ‘The Big Shave’ turns an everyday banal ritual into the stuff of prophecy.

Now, we hope your everyday shave doesn’t end up like the man in Marty’s film. To ensure you avoid those pesky nicks and cuts, visit Murdock for the ten steps to the perfect shave. (No blood here, we promise.) 


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