16mm silent color film shot by Cab Calloway during his 1951 tour in Haiti. This film features footage of Cab Calloway and his band performing on an outdoor stage, the local townspeople, a local Haitian pottery market, and the Presidential Palace and Holy Trinity Cathedral in Port-au-Prince.
This 16mm, silent, color, film was shot by Cab Calloway while on a music tour in Haiti in 1951. The footage features Cab Calloway performing and touring the local markets.
Consists of: 16mm Film (a), Original 100 foot Film Reel (b), and Original 100 foot Film Box.
2013.237.20.1a: 16mm film. The film begins with footage of Cab Calloway and his band onstage playing. The band consists of a piano player, a brass section, a bass player, and a drummer in addition to Calloway. They appear to be ending a performance. The next scene shows the same stage, but a different band is playing. This band has a percussion section with maracas, a drum and two other percussion instruments. There is also a guitar player. The next scene is underexposed, making it difficult to make out what is being filmed. The next scene shows three people in front of a stage with a colorful background. The woman in the middle appears to be Nuffie Calloway, Cab Calloway's wife. The camera then pans a seating area and some men setting up tables. The next scene is shot from a mountain overlooking a city, probably Port-au-Prince. There is footage of four children and a man in front of a building, and footage of a marketplace with people selling objects carved from wood. The next scene shows a bust of Toussaint L'Ouverture on a column with another statute below the bust reaching up to it. The next scene shows the exterior of the Presidential Palace in Post-au-Prince as well as a busy street scene. The film concludes with footage of the exterior of Holy Trinity Cathedral, and the sign with the name of the church and schedule of services in English and French.
2013.237.20.1b: Original 100 foot film reel.
2013.237.20.1c: Original 100 foot cardboard film box. The cardboard box has a handwritten address and a postal stamp on the back.