Little-Known Cinematic Locations in SF That Aren't "Dirty Harry"


With speculation abounding as to where Woody Allen will be shooting his next San Francisco-centric film, what better time than now to start cataloguing the SF sites and spots you might not be as familiar with as the hill from the car chase in Dirty Harry.

Starting next weekend I'll be writing a regular micro-feature taking you to little-known cinematic locations of San Francisco and taking a look at the films shot in the city by the bay over the years. No Vertigo or X-Men here, no way–we'll start with a visit to the house that stood in for the Melanie Griffiths's upmarket address in John Schlesigner's shlock-tastic 1990 property-rights thriller Pacific Heights (hint: it's not in Pacific Heights).

In the meantime, the weekend is a prime opportunity to catch up on classic moments and memories from the city cinematic history at The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society's exhibit The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of: San Francisco and the Movies at their headquarters at The Old Mint downtown. For a meager $10 bucks ($5 for members), local film fans can feast their eyes on rooms full of ephemera from classic posters to replicas of props from films like The Maltese Falcon and yes, Dirty Harry to paintings by screen siren Kim Novak, who took home a San Francisco Cinematic Icon Award at this past Thursday's gala. The exhibit ends on June 24th and only runs until 4 pm each day, so unless you've got a "flexible schedule," it's best seen either this weekend or next.

Also showing at venues around this city this weekend is the SF Black Film Festival. Notable offerings from the 14th incarnation of the fest include a slick doc about NY's pickup basketball culture, Doin' It In the Park, made by local hip-hop jockey Robert "Bobbito" Garcia  and Kevin Couliau and SFIFF standout Terrence Nance's intelligent, mixed-media experiment An Oversimplification of Her Beauty. Do yourself a favor and pick up their print guide if you can find one!

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