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Celluloid San Francisco

by Jim Van Buskirk and Will Shank
Chicago Review Press, 2006, 300pp
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.

“…whether you use it as a guidebook during your visit to this fabulous city or as an armchair guide to special moments in moviemaking history. Whether you’re a longtime resident or a brief visitor, a cinephile or a casual moviegoer, we hope you enjoy reading Celluloid San Francisco as much as we enjoyed compiling it.” 

— from the Introduction

From the cement steps in Alta Plaza Park  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.

Reviews

“An entertaining and very informative guide to the city’s film history.” 

The Bay Area Reporter

“Will make you an expert at finding the secret and not-so-secret spots where pieces of cinematic legend were made.” 

Contra Costa Times

 “Comprehensive guide to thousands of movie and television locations.” 

The Modesto Bee

“An unusually obsessive rundown of that beautiful city’s famous location.” 

San Antonio Current