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Film, Video Breakfast in Camp

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  • Breakfast in Camp


  • Stewart, Leslie J. (Narrator)
  • Fleischhauer, Carl (Interviewer)
  • Smock, William (Interviewer)

Created / Published

  • October 4, 1979


  • -  Food preparation
  • -  Ninety-Six Ranch
  • -  Activities
  • -  Line camps
  • -  Buckaroos
  • -  Breakfast
  • -  Ethnography
  • -  Motion Pictures


  • Ethnography
  • 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

  • video

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Credit line

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

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Chicago citation style:

Stewart, Leslie J, Carl Fleischhauer, and William Smock. Breakfast in Camp. October 4, 1979. Video.

APA citation style:

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

MLA citation style:

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