Lodge H. Kerrigan
Lodge Kerrigan began his succession of utterly unique, visually and aurally dazzling character studies with the raw, ravaging Clean, Shaven. A compelling headfirst dive into the mindscape of a schizophrenic (played by the remarkable Peter Greene) as he tries to track down his daughter after he is released from an institution, Kerrigan's film brilliantly uses sound and image to lead audiences into a terrifying subjectivity. No one is left unscathed.
Theatrical Release: January 1994 (Sundance Film Festival)
DVD Review: Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC
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|Audio||English (Dolby Digital 1.0)|
commentary featuring Steven Soderbergh interviewing Lodge Kerrigan
The anamorphic image was supervised and approved by director Lodge Kerrigan in the proper 1.66:1 aspect ratio. It's progressive but suffers some digital noise in certain sequences appearing a shade dirty at times. For the most part it looks excellent and I trust totally accurate to its theatrical releases. Audio, although only one channel, is a big part of the presentation and it is highly impacting. Optional English subtitles are included.
I'm not a big fan of Soda-burger but I liked this commentary quite a lot - he helps draw out some of the clandestine information relating to Clean, Shaven from soft-spoken director Kerrigan. They discuss the ability of sound in the film and Kerrigan is quite impressive with his knowledge of the illness explaining he had a good friend who suffered from schizophrenia - and how this person had a big impact on his life. Critic Michael Atkinson narrates a new video essay - A Subjective Assault: Lodge Kerrigan's "Clean, Shaven". Although less than 10 minutes long it gives a solid overview of one valid reading of the film. There are 17 audio selections from the film but I, personally, don't see too much value in these (sometimes background noise etc.) - it does however help impress upon one the detail that Kerrigan put into the soundtrack of the film and how this can be a keynote feature of the illness. Included is an 8-page liner notes leaflet with an essay by Dennis Lim.
The film is a courageous attempt to define schizophrenia - remove some of the stereotypes of mental illness and focus on one story - sullen, disturbing and highly impacting - this is a unique and valuable piece of filmmaking that deserves a larger audience.