February 24, 2024


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The best classic films set in the Bay Area


SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – The American Movie Institute compiled a record of the finest movies of all time two times, when in 1998 and once again in 2007, and when the Los Angeles and New York metro regions are very well-represented, only 3 of the movies on the record were being set in the San Francisco Bay Area.

11th August 1958: Movie star James Stewart (1908 – 1997)and Kim Novak as they appear in Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Vertigo’. (Picture by Night Typical/Getty Visuals)


“Vertigo,” No. 9 on the 2007 list, is a 1958 thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak. The plot covers a San Francisco detective who is scared of heights and is investigating the wife of a buddy.

Parts of the movie choose area and were being shot in the City by the Bay. Jimmy Stewart’s character has an condominium at 900 Lombard St. and there’s a rooftop chase that can take spot on the 1300 block of Taylor Street in Nob Hill.

Other scenes also aspect Bay Area monuments like Mission Dolores, Fort Place, the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Fort Level, Muir Woods, Coit Tower, Union Sq. and the Palace of Good Arts.

FILE – Learners wander on the College of California, Berkeley campus in Berkeley, Calif., on Aug. 15, 2017. (AP Picture/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

‘The Graduate’

“The Graduate,” No. 17 on the 2007 checklist, is a 1967 comedy starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft. The motion picture was directed by Mike Nichols.

Filming areas include things like Channing Way and Dana Avenue, Moe’s Books at 2476 Telegraph Ave., and Sproul Plaza.

A lot of scenes supposedly on the campus of the College of California, Berkeley have been truly filmed at the University of Southern California, however, simply because university officials wouldn’t make it possible for filming on campus.

The Graduate Lodge in southside Berkeley isn’t named for the film per se, but there are posters for the film in each individual area.

Photograph dated from 1948 of legendary US actor, director, producer Humphrey Bogart (1899-1957) beside his wife U.S. actress Lauren Bacall. From 1936 to 1940 Bogart appeared in 28 films, normally as a gangster. 1941 was his landmark year, first in Large Sierra and then as Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon. (Photo credit score should read through CORR/AFP/GettyImages)

‘The Maltese Falcon’

“The Maltese Falcon,” No. 31 on the 2007 checklist, is a 1941 noir about a private investigator, performed by Humphrey Bogart of “Casablanca” fame. It was directed by John Huston and co-starred Mary Astor and Peter Lorre.

The movie opens with photographs of the ferry creating at the Port of San Francisco, and the then-new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. The detective company where Bogart labored was positioned at 111 Sutter St.

Reward: ‘American Graffiti’

“American Graffiti,” No. 62 on the 2007 checklist, is a 1973 comedy directed by George Lucas and starring Richard Dreyfuss and Ron Howard. While it requires put in Modesto, a great deal of it was filmed in the Bay Region, which include in Petaluma, Sonoma, Richmond, Novato and Concord, at a Mel’s Diner in San Francisco, and at Tamalpais Substantial School in Mill Valley.


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