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Updated June 02, 2010
San Francisco | City of Cinema
San Francisco is one of the most iconic cities not only in America but also in the world, and it’s thanks in part to the movies. People who have never been to the City by the Bay nevertheless find it instantly recognizable thanks to having seen the Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco Bay, and its cable cars, distinctive architectural style, and steep, unforgiving hills in so many movies. Frisco’s been the setting for everything from Michael Bay’s 1996 action-fest The Rock (with Alcatraz in the title role) to Hal Ashby’s quirky 1971 comedy Harold and Maude (featuring a memorable scene at another city landmark, the Sutro Baths), from Peter Yates’ 1968 cop movie Bullitt (featuring that classic chase scene around much of the city) to Leonard Nimoy’s 1986 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (in which the USS Enterprise crashes into the San Francisco Bay). In San Francisco Five in Focus, a quintet of folks from the Bay Area (including Medicine for Melancholy director Barry Jenkins and Pulitzer-nominated playwright Amy Freed) pick their favorite local movies, while in Over to the Dark Side, author Nathaniel Rich talks about San Francisco’s film noir heritage.