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 tape shows Robbins's last hour in the barbershop at 456 W. Division Street. He cleans and packs up his belongings.
0:09Copy video clip URL Open to the interior of George Robbins’s barbershop. A man is getting a haircut. It is eight fifty five pm. Robbins chats with another customer waiting in line.
1:44Copy video clip URL Robbins packs up a large suitcase with miscellaneous items. The items come from a barrel that, it seems, Moe Robbins has used for his merchandise shop. George Robbins digs through the barrel.
3:33Copy video clip URL Robbins empties the rest of the barrel, “full of junk,” into another bag. He says, tongue-in-cheek, “I would have been better off if it’d said, ‘I don’t have no space for your junk!'”
6:50Copy video clip URL Robbins mentions that his brother, Moe, started junking (recycling and re-saling) to supplement his income.
10:09Copy video clip URL He finishes packing the other bag and brings it outside to the sidewalk with his suitcase. He opens a another luggage bag and continues to pack up the shop’s loose ends.
12:56Copy video clip URL From a drawer Robbins finds a small novelty mirror. He shows Bezalel. The mirror has printed on it excuses one would use to defer sex: “It’s too cold,” “I’m too drunk,” “I have a headache,” and so on. Close-up of the inside of the luggage bag.
16:06Copy video clip URL Robbins shows the camera a picture a child drew for him. Robbins cleans out another drawer.
19:50Copy video clip URL Video goes black.
19:55Copy video clip URL Cut back to Robbins packing his belongings into a luggage bag.
24:16Copy video clip URL Robbins approaches a wall so as to remove his barber’s license, but gets distracted by more packing.
26:19Copy video clip URL Robbins throws away various items from a cabinet underneath his cash register.
28:20Copy video clip URL He clears out the cash register.
30:14Copy video clip URL Close up of a General Electric wall clock. It is almost ten pm.
31:25Copy video clip URL Close-up of two photographs of teenage George Robbins.
33:32Copy video clip URL Robbins shows the camera his State of Illinois barber’s college diploma.
34:34Copy video clip URL He brings another suitcase to the sidewalk.
35:29Copy video clip URL Robbins shows the camera photographs of a deceased friend.
35:51Copy video clip URL Robbins takes his licenses off the wall.
37:02Copy video clip URL Robbins shows the camera a small figurine, “a skiing man,” which was given to Robbins by a child.
38:20Copy video clip URL Robbins shows a sign made by his foster child for his birthday.
38:57Copy video clip URL Robbins shows a picture of Reverend Jesse Jackson from the newspaper, “Excellence.” Then he cleans and packs away his tools.
43:03Copy video clip URL Robbins takes the telephone off the wall.
44:09Copy video clip URL He removes the television.
45:00Copy video clip URL He takes off his smock.
46:22Copy video clip URL Robbins brings his possessions out of the barbershop into his car.
53:39Copy video clip URL He locks up the gate to the barbershop door. Pan over Cabrini-Green. Shot of Robbins standing in front of his barbershop.
54:49Copy video clip URL End of tape.