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San Francisco Noir: The City in Film Noir from 1940 to the Present ebook

by Nathaniel Rich


Jonathan Kiefer, San Francisco Chronicle, June 5, 2005

Jonathan Kiefer, San Francisco Chronicle, June 5, 2005. Nathaniel Rich has written a fascinating work of criticism disguised as a guided tour around a great city. icely double-barreled: use it to unearth buried film noir treasures. some of San Francisco's most intriguing mystery spots Concise description of locations used in films noir shot in and around San Francisco, about three dozen films all together, with a decent bibliography and a brief guide to festivals and tours devoted to the subject. It's not as thorough as it might be. Take "Dirty Harry," shot in various place in the city as well as on the studio back lot in Hollywood.

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Rich moved to San Francisco to write San Francisco Noir, which the San Francisco Chronicle named one of the best books of 2005. San Francisco Noir: The City in Film Noir from 1940 to the Present.

San Francisco Noir: The City in Film Noir from 1940 to the Present.

All cities have their secrets, but none are so dark as San Francisco's, the city that Ambrose Bierce famously described as "a point upon a map of fo. With its reputation as a shadowy land of easy vice and hard virtue, San Francisco provided the ideal setting for many of the greatest films noir, from classics like The Maltese Falcon and Dark Passage to obscure treasures like Woman on the Run and . ISBN13:9781892145307. Release Date:March 2005.

In this guide to the great films noir and the locations where they were shot, the mythic noir city meets San Francisco's own dark past. With period film stills. and neo-noirs like Point Blank and The Conversation. In this guide to the great films noir and the locations where they were shot, the mythic noir city meets San Francisco's own dark past.

Jonathan Kiefer, San Francisco Chronicle, June 5, 2005. some of San Francisco's most intriguing mystery spots. - Eddie Muller, author of Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir. Seller Inventory BZV9781892145307.

He has written for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Slate, and The Village Voice. He lives in San Francisco. Concise description of locations used in films noir shot in and around San Francisco, about three dozen films all together, with a decent bibliography and a brief guide to festivals and tours devoted to the subject. And what does Rich describe? Kezar Stadium, the place where Clint Eastwood stomps on Andy Robinson's wounded leg.

Additional Book Information. Series: Little Bookroom ISBN: 9781892145307 Pages: 168. From The Little Bookroom. San Francisco NoirThe City in Film Noir from 1940 to the Present. Nathaniel Rich is the author of The Mayor's Tongue and Odds Against Tomorrow.

In San Francisco Noir, Nathaniel Rich whisks the reader off to movieland You may debate whether The House Across the Bay (1940) is the first noir film or not, but it has George Raft in it, a revenge-driven plot, infidelity.

In San Francisco Noir, Nathaniel Rich whisks the reader off to movieland. San Francisco, on the other hand, we think of as the normal city in California. It might have hills over which police cars routinely leap like salmon during their high-speed chases, but on the whole you won't find anything odder than a thriving homosexual community and some burnt-out hippies, both of which you can find in Manchester or London. You may debate whether The House Across the Bay (1940) is the first noir film or not, but it has George Raft in it, a revenge-driven plot, infidelity and gruesome death, which is good enough for me.

San Francisco Noir book. 1892145308 (ISBN13: 9781892145307).

All cities have their secrets, but none are so dark as San Francisco's, the city that Ambrose Bierce famously described as "a point upon a map of fog." With its reputation as a shadowy land of easy vice and hard virtue, San Francisco provided the ideal setting for many of the greatest films noir, from classics like The Maltese Falcon and Dark Passage to obscure treasures like Woman on the Run and D.O.A., and neo-noirs like Point Blank and The Conversation. Readers visit the Mission Dolores cemetery where James Stewart spied Kim Novak visiting Carlotta's grave in Vertigo; the Steinhart Aquarium, where a steamy love scene unfolded between Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth in The Lady from Shanghai; and the Kezar Stadium, where Clint Eastwood captures the serial killer, Scorpio, in a blaze of ghastly white light in Dirty Harry. In this guide to the great films noir and the locations where they were shot, the mythic noir city meets San Francisco's own dark past. With period film stills.
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Concise description of locations used in films noir shot in and around San Francisco, about three dozen films all together, with a decent bibliography and a brief guide to festivals and tours devoted to the subject.

It's not as thorough as it might be. Take "Dirty Harry," shot in various place in the city as well as on the studio back lot in Hollywood. And what does Rich describe? Kezar Stadium, the place where Clint Eastwood stomps on Andy Robinson's wounded leg. Nothing about the final shoot out at the gravel mine or whatever it is, just across the bridge in Marin County. (It's now gone.) "The Black Bird" isn't included in the list of films being discussed.

To make up for any inadequacies along that line, Rich does a very neat and perceptive analysis of each of the films themselves. He's perfectly candid, unkind where unkindness seems justified.

At 167 pages it's a short book with lots of white space but it makes interesting reading, leaving some readers, myself included, wanting more.
Marilace
An excellent little guide not only to some great film noirs, but a very interesting guide to one of my favourite cities. San Francisco is one of the cleanest cities I have ever visited, but this book shows a grimy, gritty side that I'm sure exists somewhere out of sight of the tourist. If She does have a nasty side, I like to think it's hidden in the world of film noir. And yes, I've stood at the corner of Bush and Stockton and wondered why Sam Spade didn't go down to take a look at Miles Archers' body. And I've got the pictures to prove it! A very interesting little book that should interest both the film buff and the tourist. Give it a try.
Qiahmagha
This book is very handy, but the author shows his disdain for movies he does not like, which causes him to miss the boat on a few. I feel obliged to say (beforehand) that his writing on the two movies I list has enlightened me on things I did not know, though I have studied these movies for years. I am not from SF, so I can only remark on what I have seen, and what I know.

The movie "Hammett" may have been shot (mostly) on sound stage, but it does make use of a few real buildings that are still in existence today. He criticizes the stars acting abilities, though the actor was chosen to play Hammett in two different films - a rarity.

In "Impact" there are a lot more bits of San Francisco that he fails to mention. There was Anna May Wong's running down the alley in Chinatown, views of the Ferry Building that were taken before the Embarcadero hid the view. Street corners and views of bridges abound.

All of that said, I look at the book a lot. I consider it more valuable to my collection than "Footsteps in the Fog." which is about Hitchcock's SF and N. Cal.
ACOS
Interesting book for San Francisco Noir fans. The preface is horrible, it reads like the author is trying to write a novel, but he's trying way too hard. My recommendation ? Skip the preface, and enjoy the following pages.
tamada
great
Nidor
Interesting guide to movie locations in San Francisco. If you're a movie buff, and like films like "Dark Passage," you will find this useful.
Otrytrerl
captures all noir in authentic and complete way.
Rich works any number of variations on a theme, and at first what seemed like a liability (the designer's rigid graphic scheme followed by what feels like an exact word count for every entry, no matter if the film is a great one or a lousy one) and makes it into a virtue. He is a skillful and persuasive prose writer, and his knowledge of these films is profound. Ok, there may be incidental errors here and there, as the other reviewers have indicated, but when you're reading his book you don't feel it.

What's amazing is the strength of his central argument, that San Francisco is such a haunted place that right away it became one of the chief noir sites--early on, in 1940, during the so-called "gateway period," and even more astonishing, that despite the general death of noir when color took over general release in the late 1950s, noir has never really died in San Francisco, and the movies keep getting made on a regular basis. Noir experts may scoff at the idea of Schlesinger's PACIFIC HEIGHTS as a noir, but Rich shows us how it fits into the old "real estate noir" category of THE HOUSE ON TELEGRAPH HILL. Or David Fincher's THE GAME, or that crazy Richard Gere-Kim Basinger thriller FINAL ANALYSIS. Who knew? Yet somehow Nathanial Rich, with his quiet, insistent exegesis, makes you believe.

I haven't seen all of the films listed here, nor even seen all the locations, though I plan to take this book on my fist and make a tour soon of the ones I've missed. There are buildings we go by here in San Francisco, like that huge Art Deco pink marble slab up by Buena Vista Terrace, and we tell each other they were in this or that movie, VERTIGO or DARK PASSAGE, and yet is this a way of reassuring each other, or unsettling each other? Can't find that building in this book by the way. Maybe it was just an "urban" legend. If ever I meet Nathaniel Rich, I'll tug at his sleeve till he's by my side on top of that hill and I'll point to it.
San Francisco Noir: The City in Film Noir from 1940 to the Present ebook
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Nathaniel Rich
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