Film, Video Breakfast in Camp

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Breakfast in Camp
Contributor Names
Stewart, Leslie J. (Narrator)
Fleischhauer, Carl (Interviewer)
Smock, William (Interviewer)
Created / Published
October 4, 1979
Subject Headings
-  Food preparation
-  Ninety-Six Ranch
-  Activities
-  Line camps
-  Buckaroos
-  Breakfast
-  Ethnography
-  Motion Pictures
Motion Pictures
-  Before dawn, Les Stewart shouts the men awake and serves the meal.
-  I asked Les about the silent breakfast, and he said that the crew was "not what you'd call a conversational group of people." In fact, several factors account for the men's silence as they eat: the difficulty any person would have making small talk at that hour on a cold morning, Les's sober influence, and the presence of a film crew and bright lights in a normally dim cabin interior. The footage of Fred and Mel's midday conversation, however, demonstrates that filming is not necessarily fatal to conversation.
-  This video conveys a little of the mood of breakfast, which occurs early and with little talking. Les rousted the men at about five-thirty. In October it is too dark at that hour to shoot exteriors, and the opening shot was actually made after the men had eaten and left. The shout, however, is authentic.
16mm film
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1991/021: NV9-VT3
Source Collection
Paradise Valley Folklife Project Collection (AFC 1991/021)
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
Online Format

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Paradise Valley Folklife Project collection, 1978-1982 (AFC 1991/021), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Stewart, Leslie J, Carl Fleischhauer, and William Smock. Breakfast in Camp. October 4, 1979. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, (Accessed June 25, 2017.)

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Stewart, L. J., Fleischhauer, C. & Smock, W. (1979) Breakfast in Camp. October 4. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Stewart, Leslie J, Carl Fleischhauer, and William Smock. Breakfast in Camp. October 4, 1979. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.