Raw footage of the behind-the-scenes documentary about the events and personalities surrounding Superbowl X in Miami between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Dallas Cowboys. Features intimate portraits of the players and the CBS personnel who broadcast the events of Superbowl week. Produced with multiple lightweight video cameras in TVTV style, it is both informative and revealing of the extremes surrounding football culture and hype. This video contains footage from a party/banquet thrown by CBS and the taping of "Super Night at the SuperBowl," a CBS television special.
00:00Copy video clip URL This tape begins with a blue screen.
00:25Copy video clip URL Videomaker Bart Friedman interviews a waitress about the food being served at the event. After a brief conversation, Friedman and fellow videomaker Elon Soltes spot Cher at the party. After a little bit of trepidation, Friedman approaches Cher and asks her what she thinks football means to America. She replies with a one word answer, giggles, then walks away.
02:28Copy video clip URL The videomaker begins to interview the President of CBS Broadcast Group Jack Schneider about the banquet and his thoughts on television’s effect on football and vice versa. Schneider remains rather distanced throughout the interview as Soltes and Michael Shamberg bombard him with a few questions about television and its effect on football. In turn, Schneider answers most of the videomakers’ questions rather defensively and does not seem to want to cooperate with Soltes and videomaker Tom Weinberg. When asked about the relationship between football and television, Schneider becomes fairly irritated. He eventually says that television has broadened the appeal of the game. He also talks about the future of football. After being pressed rather hard into answering their questions, Schneider responds by saying, “Football isn’t what it used to be and television isn’t what it used to be… Nothing’s like it used to be or ever was, and yesterday isn’t like it used to be. Come on. The three most overrated things in the world: home cooking, home fucking, and Los Angeles. So you see, nothing’s the same as it was.” This lasts for several minutes.
11:32Copy video clip URL Soltes asks a CBS TV Executive if he could buy any commercial time during the Superbowl. Nancy Cain tries to interview a few TV executives about buying time during the Superbowl. They speak with Jim Rosenfield about buying time and are told that they would have to wait for two years–when CBS will be broadcasting the Superbowl once again. This is then followed by footage from inside of a car. The videomakers travel to another destination.
14:58Copy video clip URL Weinberg and Friedman follow a CBS employee into a large convention hall. CBS is taping a SuperBowl television special. Weinberg speaks with a few of the performers in the special before the taping. There is also footage of CBS Sports Commentator Phyllis George signing an autograph. Weinberg, Friedman, and Soltes converse with a number of CBS employees before the taping begins. This lasts for several minutes.
17:39Copy video clip URL Cut to inside of the convention hall where the television special will be taped. Nearly every seat is taken as the last remaining audience members file in. The videomakers gather footage from around the event.
19:53Copy video clip URL The conductor for the orchestra at the taping introduces the videomakers to actor Hugh O’Brian, known for his role as Wyatt Earp in the ABC television series “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp.” O’Brian and Weinberg talk about growing up in the North Shore Chicago area.
21:49Copy video clip URL Weinberg speaks with comedian Henny Youngman. Youngman jokes with Weinberg about his resemblance to Groucho Marx. He eventually talks about the importance of football. Youngman cites the importance of sports figures and their positive influence on children. After a few serious comments about the game of football, Youngman goes back to cracking jokes with the crew.
26:02Copy video clip URL As the videomakers take their seat for the show, we watch as the host makes a few announcements and works the crowd up before the taping begins. The cameraman gathers footage of two performances. This lasts for several minutes.
30:38Copy video clip URL After the taping the videomakers speak with SuperBowl director Sandy Grossman and ask for his thoughts on the television special. The tape gets very rough throughout this portion of the tape.
32:32Copy video clip URL Cut to a shot from inside of a car at the end of the night. The tape ends shortly afterward.
33:17Copy video clip URL Tape ends.