World Film Locations: San Francisco

Edited by Scott Jordan Harris

Edited by Scott Jordan Harris

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

128 pages | 50 color plates | 6 x 9 | © 2013
Paper $22.00 ISBN: 9781783200283 Published August 2013
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. Some of America’s most famous movies—from Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark to Hitchcock’s Vertigo to Don Siegel’s Dirty Harry —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. 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 world’s greatest film directors—including Buster Keaton, Orson Welles, George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, David Fincher, and Steven Soderbergh—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.

The Guardian
“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."
Contents

San Francisco: City of the Imagination
Omar Moore

 

The Golden Gate Bridge: Gateway, Escape Route and Battleground

Neil Mitchell

 

Scenes 1-8

1898-1947

 

City of Shadows: A Brief History of Film Noir in San Francisco

Brian Darr

 

Scenes 9-16

1951-1963

 

Alfred Hitchcock Presents San Francisco: The Master and the City by the Bay

Craig Phillips

 

Scenes 17-24

1967-1974

 

Faster Than a Speeding Bullitt: San Franciscan Cinema’s Famous Car Chases

Mel Valentin

 

Scenes 25-32

1974-1984

 

Callahan’s City: Dirty Harry and the Mean Streets of San Francisco

Elisabeth Rappe

 

Scenes 33-39

1986-1995

 

Midnight Mission: Queer Culture and Midnight Movies in San Francisco

Jason LeRoy

 

Scenes 40-46

1996-2011

 

Backpages

Resources

Contributor Bios

Filmography

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