American Graffiti, (1973). George Lucas' classic about cruising in the early sixites that was nominated for 5 Academy Awards. The cruising scenes were originally planned to be shot in downtown San Rafael, Ca. but because of disruptions to local businesses the San Rafael City Council revoked permission after one night of shooting and the rest of the movie was shot in Petaluma, Ca. Nonetheless there are several classic scenes that were shot that first night on Fourth St., San Rafael. Fourth St. is actually a two-way street but for the movie it was made one-way going West, which make the scenes shot in San Rafael easy to distinguish from the ones shot in Petaluma.
Michelangelo Antonioni's cult classic Blow-Up filmed on location in London in 1966. This is the film that helped make the Nikon F the icon of 35mm photography. I was familiar with Blow-Up in 1966 when it came out but I was not a photographer at the time and did not see the film until 1975 when I saw it in a theater in Madrid, Spain. In those days (before VCR's) if you missed a first run movie in a theater you were out of luck unless it was later shown on television. In 1974 while visiting London I happened to be staying on Draycott Place where I took a photo of the street. Turns out, by sheer coincidence, I almost duplicated Antonioni's view of the Rolls Royce coming down the same street....but didn't realize it until a few years ago when I bought the DVD of the movie!
Vertigo, Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 masterpiece, filmed on location in San Francisco. This is the house at 900 Lombard St. where James Stewart's character Det. Scottie Ferguson lived.
Citing privacy concerns, in 2012 the current owners of 900 Lombard St. remodeled the front entrance to the house with a wall and stuccoed over the brick chimney.
© Joseph Greco