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The Big Shave

The Big Shave
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Written by Martin Scorsese
Starring Peter Bernuth
Release dates
Running time
6 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Big Shave is a 1967 six-minute short film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is also known as Viet '67.[1]

Peter Bernuth stars as the recipient of the title shave, repeatedly shaving away hair, then skin, in an increasingly bloody and graphic bathroom scene. Many film critics have interpreted the young man's process of self-mutilation as a metaphor for the self-destructive involvement of the United States in the Vietnam War, prompted by the film's alternative title. The music accompanying the film is Bunny Berigan's "I Can't Get Started", recorded in 1937. The film was produced at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts for a film production class called Sight & Sound Film.


  • Cultural references 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Cultural references

  • Cutting Moments (1997) has a scene which greatly resembles "The Big Shave".
  • American Dad!: In The Best Christmas Story Never, Stan travels back in time to 1970 and meets a young Martin Scorsese. When Stan tells the director that he's a big fan, Scorsese says, incredulously, "You saw my six minute film about a guy shaving?!"[2]
  • Dave Hause, singer of The Loved Ones released a video for the song "Time Will Tell" from his debut solo album Resolutions which pays homage to The Big Shave.

See also


  1. ^ "The Big Shave".  
  2. ^ "American Dad! - Scorsese".  

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