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 Corrie Class Trip 3.0 #3: Clean, Shaven (Sat 11/18) 
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Corrie Class Trip is a project where we rotate the selection of a title for group watches on an appointed day/date to then discuss [previous iterations linked below]. We welcome all to participate and share their thoughts and feelings! The third viewing for Round 3 is scheduled for Saturday, November 18th. Please post about the film itself and your experience with it in this thread, and any off-topic posts about the series itself in the Class Trip Discussion Thread.

Thanks and enjoy!!!

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Saturday, November 18th, 2017


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Clean, Shaven (Kerrigan, 1993)






It's also available on FilmStruck.

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Peter Winter is a young schizophrenic who is desperately trying to get his daughter back from her adoptive family. He attempts to function in a world that, for him, is filled with strange voices, electrical noise, disconcerting images, and jarringly sudden emotional shifts. He clings to his humanity like a raft, barely afloat in a sea of terror. In a brief moment of congruence, he shatters his image reflected in a window, perhaps to more properly align it with his fragmented psyche. During his quest, he runs afoul of the law and an ongoing murder investigation.


Past Trips, Junior Year:

#1 - La maternelle (1933, Jean Benoît-Lévy & Marie Epstein, France) | wigwam
#2 - Time and Winds (2006, Reha Erdem) | Oxnard Montalvo

Past Trips, Sophomore Year:

#1 - The Worthless (1982, Mika Kaurismäki, Finland) | snapper
#2 - Shopping for Fangs (1997, Quentin Lee and Justin Lin, USA) | takeshi
#3 - The Heart of the Wise Lives in the House of Sorrow (2009, Marin Malešević, Serbia) | Shieldmaiden
#4 - The Forbidden Quest (1993, Peter Delpeut, Netherlands) | kopello
#5 - São Bernardo (1972, Leon Hirszman, Brazil) | Bandy Greensacks
#6 - Evdokia (1971, Alexis Damianos, Greece) | Epistemophobia
#7 - The Ball at the Anjō House (1947, Kōzaburō Yoshimura, Japan) | snapper
#8 - Sérail (1976, Eduardo de Gregorio, France) | takeshi
#9 - Passport for a Corpse (1962, Mario Gariazzo, Italy) | JediMoonShyne
#10 - Aksuat (1997, Serik Aprimov, Kazakhstan) | Shieldmaiden
#11 - Dangerously Excited (2011, Koo, South Korea) | wigwam
#12 - Himala (1982, Ishmael Bernal, Philippines) | snapper

Past Trips, Freshman Year:

#1 - Distant Journey (1949, Alfréd Radok, Czechoslovakia) | snapper
#2 - Nanami: The Inferno of First Love (1968, Susumu Hani, Japan) | Das
#3 - The Policewoman (2003, Joaquim Sapinho, Portugal) | charulata
#4 - Freeze, Die, Come to Life! (1989, Vitali Kanevsky, USSR) | Bandy Greensacks
#5 - The Perfume of the Lady in Black (1974, Francesco Barilli, Italy) | Trip
#6 - Weddings and Babies (1958, Morris Engel, USA) | snapper
#7 - The Man with Three Coffins (1987, Lee Jang-ho, South Korea) | Notes from Underground
#8 - Malina (1991, Werner Schroeter, Germany) | Shieldmaiden
#9 - Bad Luck (1960, Andrzej Munk, Poland) | B-Side
#10 - The Girl with the Suitcase (1961, Valerio Zurlini, Italy) | JediMoonShyne
#11 - The Engagement of Anna (1972, Pantelis Voulgaris, Greece) | BandyGreensacks
#12 - Our Neighbor, Miss Yae (1934. Yasujirō Shimazu, Japan) | snapper

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Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:38 am
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oh sweet, it's on Filmstruck too. see you on Saturday


Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:56 am
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the audio on my computer has been acting screwy and I'll be in the process of replacing it. if I don't watch it on Saturday, I'll hope to get it soon after. (just a head's up)


Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:49 am
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Oxnard Montalvo wrote:
the audio on my computer has been acting screwy and I'll be in the process of replacing it. if I don't watch it on Saturday, I'll hope to get it soon after. (just a head's up)

That's fine. Thanks for letting me know. I just hope enough people use this thread.

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Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:54 am
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eh just for the hell of it, do you use Windows 10 and if so have you been getting random buzzing noises through the audio? like at 0:48. didn't have this problem with Windows 8. shit's driving me nuts.

and it's even doing this to my new laptop so it can't be an age thing.


Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:59 pm
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Oxnard Montalvo wrote:
eh just for the hell of it, do you use Windows 10 and if so have you been getting random buzzing noises through the audio? like at 0:48. didn't have this problem with Windows 8. shit's driving me nuts.

and it's even doing this to my new laptop so it can't be an age thing.

I use Windows 10, but I haven't been experiencing that problem. However, I happened to find this article online. Hopefully, it helps you.

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Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:07 am
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yeah I had stumbled upon that link before; the buzzing noise that they are describing doesn't seem to be mine since it isn't affecting the audio quality. plus mine is intermittent. thanks though.

just out of curiosity what brand of laptop do you use? both of mine are Dell. (I have no goddamn idea if this makes any difference to the problem but what the hey)


Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:24 pm
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also everyone on RT is wondering why you've disappeared.


Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:27 pm
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also everyone on RT is wondering why you've disappeared.
it's true

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Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:42 pm
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I haven't been able to access the RT forum. Every time I sign in to my account and go to the forum, I get a message which says "An error has occured accessing this page. Please try again later." If I sign out of my account, I can access it just fine, but as soon as I sign in again, the forum shows that message again. I tried signing out and back in numerous times and using Google Chrome instead of Microsoft Edge, but nothing works. It's really pissing me off. I have no idea what happened.

Edit: I just created a new account, and I started a thread on this.

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Sat Nov 18, 2017 4:50 am
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I got the RT situation worked out.

Anyways, I'll see you all tomorrow.

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Sat Nov 18, 2017 6:48 am
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Here's the review I wrote on this film a few months ago:

Every now and then, I come across a film which I feel deserves more recognition. Sometimes, their lack of popularity slightly disappoints me. However, it really disappoints me to see such a compelling, masterfully crafted film like "Clean, Shaven" have so little recognition. Someday, I hope it receives more popularity, because it deserves it.

After a man named Peter Winter who suffers from schizophrenia is released from a mental institution, he attempts to get his daughter, Nicole, back from her adoptive family. He lives in a world that, to him, is filled with bizarre sounds and unexplainable occurrences which have negative effects on him. During his pursuit of his daughter, he becomes the prime suspect in an ongoing murder investigation.

After watching this film a few times, I'm now fully convinced that it's the best sound designed film of all time. No other usage of sound has ever felt as natural, painful, and absorbing as this film did. There are many great scenes which expertly simulate schizophrenia. Some of these sounds can be found right at the beginning. The film starts off with a shot of several waves followed by many bizarre sounds and seemingly random images. The opening credits seem to be informing you that this is not going to be an orthodox film of any kind. Another chilling scene is when Peter experiences hallucinations at a library as that scene feels unexpected. I feel like sound effects can be more effective than visuals. A director could always just show a character's distorted facial expressions and expect the audience to connect the dots as to what the character is feeling, but using ear-piercing sounds like the ones from this film can immerse you into what the character is feeling to a much greater extent. Largely because of this, the sound design from this film had an enormous impact on me.

Director Lodge Kerrigan used other tactics other than just sound to put you in the mind of Peter Winter such as having him isolate himself from the outside world in the way of covering the windows and mirrors of his car with newspapers. Peter also acted quite awkward around a few of the characters in the film. If he saw 2 sisters arguing with each other, the movie would have one of them talk in a demonic voice, almost like that's how Peter views other people. If he saw someone holding a gun, time would appear to slow down for him, showing he's clearly intimidated by the person holding the weapon. Clever moments like these make the movie feel atmospheric as it shows that Peter views the world as uncompromising. Kerrigan set out to create a realistic depiction of schizophrenia when he made this movie. Considering the sound design and the other miscellaneous techniques used in the film, I believe Kerrigan did just that.

The movie also works on a story level. I was intrigued by the question of whether Peter was responsible for the murder or not, because I honestly couldn't decide until the movie revealed the truth at the end. The hallucinations Peter underwent did a good job at keeping me guessing, specifically when the movie juxtaposed a murder over one of Peter's hallucinations while he stayed at the motel the murder occurred near. I felt like that scene was a red herring, but I still couldn't be completely sure. A recent observation I made was how none of the characters were on-screen nearly as much as Peter was. I've observed this quite a few times in other films. In this case, however, I think Kerrigan intended to make the film this way to make everything revolve around Peter, hence the mysterious tone of the film. Kerrigan also made a good decision by providing middle ground to the detective at the end by having him reflect on the actions he made throughout the film. By doing so, he avoided having him feel unlikable.

In conclusion, this movie blew me away for several reasons. Due of a mixture of compelling technical and story qualities, Kerrigan managed to craft one of my favorite films from the 90's. Its ending might turn off some people, but if you're able to get by it, you're in for a great experience. I really do wish this film would get more recognition, but regardless of whether it fades into obscurity or not in the future, it will always remain as the most atmospheric and bizarre film on mental illnesses ever made.

9/10

Let me know what you guys think of it.

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Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:48 am
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Had to work tonight, but I'll see if I can watch and write something about Clean Shaven sometime tomorrow evening, Pops.

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Sun Nov 19, 2017 3:31 pm
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aww, you're supposed to pick a movie you haven't seen! (though I personally am not a stickler for rules. stay mellow, my dudes)

anyway, I'll be getting it via Netflix on Tuesday. 'til then...


Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:16 pm
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Oxnard Montalvo wrote:
aww, you're supposed to pick a movie you haven't seen! (though I personally am not a stickler for rules. stay mellow, my dudes)

anyway, I'll be getting it via Netflix on Tuesday. 'til then...

Sorry. I wasn't aware of that before starting this thread.

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Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:01 am
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Oxnard Montalvo wrote:
just out of curiosity what brand of laptop do you use? both of mine are Dell. (I have no goddamn idea if this makes any difference to the problem but what the hey)

Oops. Must've missed this earlier. I have a Lenovo laptop.

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