[Voices of Cabrini raw: last day at Robbins’s Barbershop #2]

Footage for the documentary "Voices of Cabrini." Shot between 1995-1999, it documented the Cabrini Green redevelopment project proposed and carried out by the City of Chicago. This video features the last business day inside George Robbins's barbershop on 456 W. Division Street. This video continues from [Voices of Cabrini raw #0208].

0:15Copy video clip URL Open to slowed video of George Robbins in his barbershop eating a sandwich.

0:47Copy video clip URL Video returns to normal speed. Audio comes in. Robbins talks about the Chicago Bulls and the NBA. This video was begins immediately after the end of [Voices of Cabrini raw #0208]. A line of people are waiting to get their haircut.

6:24Copy video clip URL A young boy sits down for his haircut.

13:20Copy video clip URL Close-up of Robbins giving a haircut to an older man. He talks about basketball with him.

16:10Copy video clip URL Robbins talks about his education at barber college.

17:13Copy video clip URL Close up of a man smoking a cigarette while waiting for his haircut.

18:18Copy video clip URL Close up of the wall clock. It is just after four pm. Robbins is cutting another man’s hair. Robbins comments on the television program.

19:55Copy video clip URL Cut to Robbins buzzing an older man’s hair.

23:40Copy video clip URL Close up of a customer’s face. Robbins buzzes his hair, too.

24:02Copy video clip URL Close up of Robbins’s cash register. Pan to the wall clock. It is five pm.

27:38Copy video clip URL Robbins trims another older customer’s hair as he falls asleep in his chair.

29:08Copy video clip URL Robbins talks about the Chicago Bulls with another customer.

29:52Copy video clip URL In-tape rewind. Back at real speed Robbins says that today is his last day and then talks about his first barbershop.

32:57Copy video clip URL Robbins talks about the redevelopment around the area and the proliferation of town houses: “It’s a cycle. It’ll keep going around.” He and another customer talk about the old neighborhood.

35:52Copy video clip URL Cut to a close up of a man asleep while waiting for his haircut. Audio of Robbins flushing the toilet.

39:04Copy video clip URL Close up of the wall clock. It is just past seven pm. Robbins trims the hair of an older customer.

40:22Copy video clip URL Robbins: “You’ve just got to show my new address on there.” He trims a different man’s hair. It is just before seven forty pm. About his barbershop, he says, “It’s like home almost.”

44:40Copy video clip URL Robbins talks on the phone. Someone has called for Marvin, his current customer.

45:48Copy video clip URL Cut to the next customer. It is after eight pm. He chats with Robbins about trespassing laws and the changing neighborhood. Robbins mentions that his African brother is a manufacturer in Ghana, so Robbins will try to supplement his income with his own product. They continue to chat.

51:29Copy video clip URL Robbins talks about getting an extension on his eviction notice and notes that his barbershop won’t be standing in a week. They continue to chat about the neighborhood and friends-in-common.

57:57Copy video clip URL Robbins talks about his apprenticeship as a barber and how he quit his factory job as a teenager. Robbins suggests acquiring a trade over an academic education. The customer pays Robbins.

1:00:15Copy video clip URL Robbins tells Bezalel that he’ll have to clean and pack up the shop. He starts sweeping the floor.

1:01:12Copy video clip URL End of tape.

 

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