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Portraits from the Two O'Clock

1 videoreel of 1 (28:50 min.) : sd., b&w ; 2 in.
1 videoreel of 1 (28:50 min.) : sd., b&w ; 2 in.
1 videoreel of 1 : sd., b&w ; 2 in.
1 videoreel of 1 : sd., b&w ; 2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (Betacam SP) (28:50 min.) : sd., b&w ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (VHS) (28:50 min.) : sd., b&w ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (28:50 min.) : sd., b&w ; 3/4 in.
1 folder

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Simon, Fred

After being broadcast locally as part of the WGBH summer series "Hot Nights," "Portraits from the Two O'Clock" was eventually broadcast as an episode of the "Frames of Reference" series. Work on this program originally began in 1976. The Workshop collaborated on post-production with Henry Baker (Director) and Derrell Westlake (Associate Director) of Synapse Video Center, the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

Includes multiple 2" masters and some original footage on 2", a Betacam SP preservation master, and VHS and 3/4" screening copies. One folder contains correspondence, newspaper articles, project descriptions, a budget report, and resume.

"Portraits from the Two O'Clock" features interviews with four of the employees of the Two O'Clock, a Boston strip joint. These interviews are set alongside footage of the club's interior and exterior during working hours. Deirdre is a stripper who talks about her somewhat mixed feelings about the club and about her father's restrictive personality. George, a bartender, talks about his experiences in and out of prison because of robberies, his distrust of women, and what it takes to be a bartender in a place like the Two O'Clock. Linda, another stripper, talks about overcoming fear in her work, the difference between dancing and stripping, and her past lives. Lee, a cocktail waitress who was a stripper for 18 years, talks about how the industry has changed over the years, her own positive experiences as a stripper and her unhappy childhood.

Music is by John Finbury.

Simon, Fred

Chiesa, Dorothy
Sion, Fred

New Television Workshop, WGBH

Graham, Ian

National Endowment for the Arts
New York State Council on the Arts
Rockefeller Foundation
Artist's Foundation, The

Drabik, Ursula (Voiceover)


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