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Jim Van Buskirk
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 7:30 pm

Roosevelt Middle School
460 Arguello Blvd. at Geary Blvd.
San Francisco, CA
sponsored by the San Francisco Museum & Historical Society
Alcatraz Island

Birdman of Alcatraz

Escape from Altatraz

Starring The Rock: Alcatraz in Hollywood Movies

A talk with slides and film clips by Jim Van Buskirk

Shortly after Alcatraz opened as a federal prison in 1934, its career as a setting for movies began. From Alcatraz Island (1937) through Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) Hollywood depicted life on the isolated island. After the prison closed in 1963, a new era began. Point Blank (1967) was the first to film there, followed by such memorable titles as The Enforcer (1974) Escape from Alcatraz (1979), The Rock (1996) and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). This evening of film clips celebrates the 80th anniversary of The Rock as a setting in movies and its 50th anniversary as an actual filming location.