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Harry Mantel’s Vignettes: Health Club

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Film Identifier: F.2006-05-0006
Run Time
0h 4m 36s
Date Produced
circa 1983
Filmmaker Harry Mantel captures the dynamic environment of a Chicago health club through quick edits and an upbeat soundtrack. The film is part of a series titled "Harry Mantel's Vignettes," which were produced and directed by Mantel thanks to a grant from Encyclopedia Britannica. This particular vignette features footage of aerobics classes as well as scenes of health club members exercising and using the gym facilities, including a running track, swimming pool and various weight machines.
The footage opens to a dance studio where a group of people are depicted participating in a exercise routine. The footage captures several close-up shots of people straining and stretching during their work out. The footage focuses on a women in a blue leotard before switching scenes to capture the activity of the gym. People can be seen operating different exercise machines such as a bench press and cycle apparatus. The footage concludes with a shot of a patron checking in at the front desk of the gym.
Main Credit
Mantel, Harry (is filmmaker)
Mantel, Harry (is producer)
Related Place
Chicago (represents)