Shaving the Baroness is a reenactment of a film that was reputedly made in New York in 1921 by Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp with Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven. That film, "Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven shaving her pubic hair", was most likely never shown as Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp ruined the negative during development.