Before They Were Stars: Martin Scorsese Directs “The Big Shave”

Well, if there’s one thing obvious about Martin Scorsese, it’s that he always loved to use gory violence to make a point. In 1967, he directed a six-minute short film called The Big Shave, which basically consists of a young man shaving in front of a bathroom mirror until he decides to shave off his skin and slash his own throat until he is gushing blood. This film was apparently meant as a metaphor for the Vietnam War, where the young man’s self-mutilation symbolized America’s self-destructive need to get involved in the war.

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