- Title: SS4
- Date:1930s - 1960s
Colour, 1960s, Sound (added music soundtrack, no original sound).
Travelogue, America, Americana, Vegas, gambling, Vegas lights, Vegas strip day and night. San Francisco views. Niagara Falls. 1960s New York, seedy New York.
02:01:13 Day, Vegas Strip. GVS street scenes with a focus on signs inc Lucky Nevada Club, California Club, Pioneer Club (with famous smoking cowboy sign), Golden Nugget (MCU sign for ‘The Judy Lynn Show’). Shop signs inc. Mr. B Men’s Wear, Gee’s Credit Jeweler (great 60s neon signs). EXT Vegas liquor store, Binion’s Horseshoe Casino, shop covered in wooden hoarding with sign ‘Pardon our dust, expand we must!’.
02:02:01 Nice shot of young glamorous female parking warden in cowboy hat writing out parking ticket, MCU as she smiles for the camera. POV from car of little chapel, revolving sign for The Mint Casino, Little White Flowers Chapel, Aqua Motel sign, sign says ‘Motel, wedding chapel, TV, pool’, sign for ‘Palmistry Spiritual Readings’, Cupid’s Wedding Chapel (sign shaped liked a heart), Rancho Anita Motel, more motel signs. Tilt down Sahara Hotel front, sign saying ‘Liberace’, Riviera Hotel sign reads ‘Mitzi Gaynor’. Sands Hotel EXT.
02:04:05 Woman walks past hotel swimming pool in The Sands. Man poses by pool. NIGHT bus with sign saying ‘Night club tour’. Tracking shot along Vegas strip neon lights gorgeous colour shots taken from side window of bus. With MCUs of signs including Hacienda, Golden Nugget, Minsky’s Burlesque, Free Parking sign, Stardust presents Lido of Paris, Sahara (Liquor sign), Las Vegas Club (great!), Goldies, Carousel, The Mint.
02:05:20 POV from front of bus going along Vegas strip with view of cars on the road and signs: Fremont Hotel and Casino, Queens, Bond’s, El Portal, Bill’s. POV from back window of bus lights get smaller. Sahara sign with Liberace glowing, Thunderbird, Algiers (and a sign says cocktails), Riviera (with Mitzi Gaynor), Caesars Palace with fountain in FG, MCU fountain, Aladdin’s, Tropicana (with Folies Bergere), MCU Dunes sign and Casino de Paris.
02:07:40 DAY The Sands Hotel, man putts on mini-golf green, porter drives past in golf buggy. Middle-aged holidaymakers lounge by the pool. POV from back seat of golf buggy driving through hotel grounds to car park.
02:09:27 INT Casino. In FG sign reads ‘Welcome Philco-Ford, Great American Holiday’, glamourous 60s woman with blonde bouffant hair and yellow jacket and tights plays on one-armed bandit. Side view women (including blonde) playing on one-armed bandit/ slot machines (man in BG surreptitiously checks woman out). Great 60s fashions. Woman in cats-eye sunglasses collects money from one machine and moves on to another. Man in cowboy hat and sunglasses, waitresses in cowboy hats past. More side views of people playing the slots, glamorous young woman in white headscarf and white gloves jumps up and down as she wins (gambling) she scoops up her coins as her boyfriend looks on from behind non-plussed. CU television TV with blurry picture, woman’s finger points to the buttons.
02:10:44 Sign reads San Francisco. POV from golf buggy past railway lines. Man poses up in the hills behind him is a view over the city to the sea. Road sign saying ‘Country Club/ 17 Mile Drive Pacific Grove Gate’. POV from side of tram up steep hill and down again. Lovely tracking shot HA pan across the city to the sea. Young man and woman getting off tram on a windy day, he holds onto his hat and her skirt blows up! INT restaurant couples dining.
02:12:16 EXT on the street a professional video shoot! Director directs cameraman and checks light metre, sound man gathers up a mound of cables. HA shot of man and 2 women dancing up stairs, doing awkward 60s finger-click dance moves, very 60s! Looks like a music video shoot. National Park sign, couple exploring the woods, woman looks up, tilt up some very tall trees.
02:13:30 On the motorway/ highway. POV from front window of moving car sign reads ‘San Rafael Eureka’ car passes gigantic campervan. San Francisco, great shot of busy road with tram pulling up to camera. Sign reads ‘Music of Love’. On stairway, man in bandana (hippie) walks past. Bus driver rotates tram. Woman points to red flowers. Old fashioned tourist bus past.
02:14:25 Harbour/ Docks. Pan across boats (mainly commercial). Crab stalls, CU live crabs writing in box hand picks crab from box. Woman looks at bizarre statue of tribal man. POV streets from side window of tram. INT tram, man pulls lever. POV down hill from front of tram. Past the ‘Sir Francis Drake’ Hotel, porter in beefeater costume carries heavy bags through the door. Sign for The ‘St Francis’.
02:15:50 CU badge reading ‘Niagara Falls scenic lines’. White water rapids past. CU newspaper headline reads ‘Miracle: Boy Cheats Falls’. GVS Niagara Falls, great shots including very HA shot (from cable car?). Sign reads ‘Capt. Webb. Famous English Swimmer was drowned here in an attempt to swim these rapids’. Back view of tourists looking out at the waterfall (all strangely wearing yellow), young girl smokes a cigarette as her hair blows across her face, man looks through viewing goggles. Rainbow over the water (just visible).
02:19:38 INT giant greenhouse full of pink and red flowers (beautiful). CU pink hydrangeas. Woman looks around at flowers.
02:20:12 NewYork 1960s. EXT Bank of New York. Rockefeller Plaza, pan around swanky pavement cave in the sunshine, pianist and jazz band play, stylish couples sit at white tables under big white parasols,. Tilt up, onlookers stand on balcony around looking enviously down at diners. Jazz saxophonist plays, waiters in smart white jackets in the BG. LA shot tilt up, plane in the sky flies out from behind Rockefeller Centre skyscraper. Man stands on street corner with large poster saying ‘We are breathing our own apathy’. People cross the streets in the shadow of skyscrapers. New York traffic cop writes parking ticket. Woman poses in front of gold Prometheus Statue. HA shot of pianist playing. Tourists sat lined up on benches.
02:22:30 View window with sign for First Federal Savings and Loan Assoc. New York. Another handwritten sign reads ‘Deposit $5000 and receive one of these free gifts’ beside the sign is a blender and cheap looking cooking utensils set. Bustling street, with yellow cabs going past in BG, camera follows New York Cop NYPD. CU bumper of police car with sign reading ‘Emergency dial 911’. Tilt up lamppost to sign reading ‘United Jewish Appeal: Give More Israel Emergency Fund’. EXT Bankers Trust Company, security guard with gun in holster.
02:23:20 EXT Vars Peep Shows, seedy, sex, sign reads ‘See the most beautiful Peep Show in the world’, another sign reads ‘Sound Peep Show inside 25 cents’, ‘All new, all colour Peep Show 25’, two balding men stand looking at signs one gives a sheepish look to the camera. Digital ticker running across the side of a building. Bustling street. 2 cops bustle black man in wheelchair into ambulance, ambulance drives away then police car drives away. Great big yellow poster of David Frost’s face and David Frost repeated below. EXT Cameo cinema sign reads ‘Sexual Freedom in Denmark.’ Sign reading ‘The Laughing Woman of Hot Frustrations’. POV from plane window as plane takes off.
- DATE:1930s - 1960s
- Master Title:SS4