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Camera on Chicago

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Film Identifier: F.2007-02-0001
Run Time
0h 33m 36s
color and B&W
Date Produced
1949 - 1983
This film is “a love letter to the city” from Chicago native and filmmaker Warren E. Thompson. It is a continuing effort to record some of the events, characteristics, problems and glories of Chicago. Footage includes architecture, sculpture, housing, Lake Michigan, Chinatown, parades, Maxwell Street Market, and the people of Chicago. Thompson captures life and culture from the most affluent to the poverty stricken.
00:00 - opening credits, PAN Chicago skyline across Lake Michigan, MS waves crashing, TILT to cityscape, HA cityscape, TILT UP skyscraper 01:28 - Var MLS Chicago houses, MS architectural details, LA PAN buildings along Lake Shore Drive, MLS highway 02:34 - CU map Lake Michigan, Var CU train wheels in motion, HA locomotive going under camera, VS factories, smoke stacks on horizon 03:30 - MLS Fulton Market Provision Co., MS cow [?] carcasses hanging from hooks, MS chickens stacked in cages 04:01 - RA horse pulling cart of water melon, parked cart of scrap, VS metal smith forging horse shoes, shoeing a horse, MS leading horse out of stable 04:44 - FA, RA, HA cars on expressway, HA packed car lot, HA beach and cityscape, TILT DOWN Lake Shore Drive, HA construction on beach shore way 05:48 - MLS crane, TILT UP moveable bridge, RA man welding, LS construction site, VS construction workers pouring and smoothing cement, VS LA highway overpass, VS cars driving on highway and overpass, sign Monroe St. 07:46 - MLS laundry hanging from back porch, MLS garbage spilled under bridge, young African American boys playing around garbage 08:19 - Poverty stricken neighborhoods, VS run down housing and shops, VS children playing in fire hydrant, VS dilapidated housing 09:35 - HA people washing cars under bridge, MS people along sidewalk, pulling carts, homeless and poor, MS man drinking from wine bottle, man sleeping in doorway 11:04 - LA wrecking ball knocking down building, CU crane operator, MLS, LS tall buildings, high rise apartments 12:35 - MS, CU pond, lily pads, flowers, TILT UP tulip gardens, Var CU flowers and tree branches 14:22 - LS, MLS boats in bay, Var MS boats, MLS sailboat raising sail and leaving dock, SA people fishing along cement edge, CU man holding up catch for camera, CU rods, equipment, people 15:58 - HA shore filled with beach goers, MLS people swimming, MLS down packed beach, MLS people walking past camera in swim wear 16:49 - FA, HA TILt people walking on busy sidewalk, flags of every country along road, FA middle of traffic, HA, LS Streets lit up at night 18:05 - MS people on horse cart of watermelon, MS man selling straw hats, VS women buying hosiery from street vendor, MS street vendors 19:06 - Chinatown, MLS, MS Chinese buildings, architectural details, MS people walking on sidewalk, CU window displays, MS children with toy guns, coonskin cap 20:03 - CU sign “Midwest Buddhist Church”, MLS full patio, CU child wearing Chinese straw hat eating noodles with chopsticks, VS street vendors, children w/ adults selling wares 21:13 - VS crowd gathered to watch an outside performance, man plays drum on stage decorated with lanterns, MS, CU women and children in colorful kimonos perform a dance, men follow dancing 23:08 - LS boats and ship on water at dawn, then day, MS PAN Queen Elizabeth II, Illinois Governor William Stratton and Mayor Richard J. Daley waving from convertible drive by in parade, MLS parade motorcycles and cars drive by quickly on Lake Shore 24:03 - VS cargo being loaded by crane onto ship, LS army ships decorated w/ flags, MLS people boarding, VS huge display of flags blowing, CU signs of names of countries, CU clothing, wine and art from other countries, MS signs for food, people entering building decorated w/ flags 27:13 - VS Fountain of the Great Lakes at Art Institute of Chicago, Congress Indian, Chicago Picasso, CU people admiring sculptures 28:19 - VS Old Water Tower 29:04 - MS cars buried under snow, HA PAN cityscape and lake covered in snow and ice, HA children walking in snow, MS snow covered bench, sculpture, railings, CU melting ice 30:08 - beautiful shots of trees and awnings covered w/ white holiday lights at night along Michigan Ave., TILT Old Water Tower 31:23 - MLS, memorial, CU “Site of Fort Dearborn”, TILT tower, LS Wrigley Building, clock tower, VS skyscrapers along Magnificent Mile, LS Prudential Building 32:14-33:36 - PAN cityscape across water, LS buildings, MLS crane, TILT UP Sears Tower, LS, boat TS cityscape at dusk, night, THE END
Preservation Sponsor
National Film Preservation Foundation
Main Credits
Thompson, Warren E. (is filmmaker)
Additional Credits
Thompson, Warren E. (is contributor)
Actors, Performers and Participants
Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain (is participant)
Daley, Richard J. (is participant)
Stratton, William (is participant)
Related Place
Chicago (production location of)