The Big Shave, the first short film of Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese is one of the greatest directors in the history of american cinema. In recent years, He has directed Hugo Cabret, a film tribute to cinema in general and to George Méliès in particular or even Shutter Island, a thriller about a schizophrenic with Leonardo Di Caprio. If these two films have known a public success and critical to some, Martin Scorsese has made his best films between 1975 and 1996, despite a decade 80 particularly difficult.

Taxi Driver, filmed in 1976, allows him to win the Palme d’or at the Cannes film festival. The film tells the story of Travis Bickle, a vietnam veteran wandering in the streets of New York with its taxi to the losing reason and falling into the violence. In 1981, he met a critical success very important with Raging Bull, a film recounting the life of the boxer Jake La Motta. Finally, in 1990 and 1995, it explores the world of the mafia through two films sumptuous, goodfellas and Casino, showing each person the path of a mafioso, the first in the world of the drug, the second in that of the gambling and casinos, their ascent up to their descent into the underworld.

The peculiarity of these films ? Robert De Niro is every time the main actor ! From the end of the 90s, he replaces his favorite actor by the young Leonardo Di Caprio, with whom he has a collaboration very rich : Gangs Of New York, Aviator or even The departed. It is with the latter that Martin Scorsese wins and the Oscar for the best film !

If the developer has enjoyed great success, it must not be forgotten that like many filmmakers, beginners, he started with a short film, The Big Shave ! It was far desréglements account, parties, black jack and other fights of boxing films that will follow, but it is necessary to admit, the paw Scorsese is well there. The director arrives, using an aesthetic and a sense of rhythm of its own, to create a unique atmosphere for his film. In spite of a Jazzy rather pleasant, the discomfort settles down very quickly and will grow over the film, up to a final gloss.

Short film The Big Shave by Martin Scorsese

What can we learn from this film ? One location, one actor, no dialogue… A very simple idea can give a wonderful result on the screen. Therefore, it is not necessarily a good idea to make three tons for a first film.

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