A talk with video 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). Jim Van Buskirk, author of Celluloid San Francisco (and former SFPL librarian), offers a clip-filled program of how the Bay Area’s beloved prison/sightseeing destination has been portrayed on screen.