Synopses & Reviews
An extraordinarily beautiful city that has been celebrated, criticized, and studied in many films, San Francisco is both fragile and robust, at once a site of devastation caused by 1906 earthquake but also a symbol of indomitability in its effort to rebuild afterwards. Its beauty, both natural and manmade, has provided filmmakers with an iconic backdrop since the 1890s, and this guidebook offers an exciting tour through the film scenes and film locations that have made San Francisco irresistible to audiences and auteurs alike.
Gathering more than forty short pieces on specific scenes from San Franciscan films, this book includes essays on topics that dominate the history of filmmaking in the city, from depictions of the Golden Gate Bridge, to the movies Alfred Hitchcock, to the car chases that seem to be mandatory features of any thriller shot there.and#160;Some of Americaandrsquo;s most famous moviesandmdash;from Steven Spielbergandrsquo;s Raiders of the Lost Ark to Hitchcockandrsquo;s Vertigo to Don Siegelandrsquo;s Dirty Harry andmdash;are celebrated alongside smaller movies and documentaries, such as The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, to paint a complete picture of San Francisco in film.and#160;A range of expert contributors, including several members of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle, discuss a range of films from many genres and decades, from nineteenth-century silents to twentieth-century blockbusters
Audiences across the world, as well as many of the worldandrsquo;s greatest film directorsandmdash;including Buster Keaton, Orson Welles, George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, David Fincher, and Steven Soderberghandmdash;have been seduced by San Francisco. This book is the ideal escape to the city by the bay for arm chair travelers and cinephiles alike.
and#8220;San Francisco is the latest addition to this excellent series of urban guides. Scott Jordan Harris has selected 46 films with scenes in this beautiful city of streetcars, fogs and possibly the most famous bridge in the world, which was of course partially destroyed by the giant radioactive cephalopod in It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955). A great guide to the celluloid city."
Exploring a city famous for its role in film settings and television backdrops, this book is a comprehensive guide to thousands of movie and television locations in the San Francisco Bay area. From the cement steps in Alta Plaza Park as featured in Barbra Streisand's What's Up, Doc?
to the actual nightclub of Frank Sinatra's character in Pal Joey
and the haunts of Don Johnson's Nash Bridges
, this jaunty expedition around San Francisco and the surrounding bay explores an area featured in more than 1,500 movies. Easy-to-follow maps identify significant historical film sites, locations for classic and contemporary films, movie palaces, and production companies, making this travel guide a best bet for planning a tour of locales associated with Charlie Chaplin and Alfred Hitchcock, as well as current film-makers such as George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, and Clint Eastwood.
About the Author
Jim Van Buskirk is a librarian at the San Francisco Public Library and the coauthor of Gay by the Bay. Will Shank is the former chief conservator of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He has written for The Advocate, The Art Newspaper, and the Bay Area Reporter.
Table of Contents
San Francisco: City of the Imagination
The Golden Gate Bridge: Gateway, Escape Route and Battleground
City of Shadows: A Brief History of Film Noir in San Francisco
Alfred Hitchcock Presents San Francisco: The Master and the City by the Bay
Faster Than a Speeding Bullitt: San Franciscan Cinemaand#8217;s Famous Car Chases
Callahanand#8217;s City: Dirty Harry and the Mean Streets of San Francisco
Midnight Mission: Queer Culture and Midnight Movies in San Francisco