Vertigo then and now: "before and after images of various San Francisco locations used in Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 masterpiece." (via fimoculous)
- jim 4-08-2003 1:08 am

San Francisco of my early childhood in the 60s did not look much different. "Vertigo," when I saw it in college, summed up the feeling I always had in San Francisco as a child, similar to the way "Chinatown" hit a familiar mood I had experienced in Los Angeles in my adolescence.

In the film, as in these pictures, there's a sense that the city is almost empty, except for Stewart and Judy/Carlotta. It is, in the mind of the character played by JStewart--All is "Carlotta."

I had the sense--that the city looked like a real city, such as Chicago (city of my grandparents), but scaled down, and with fewer people than buildings. A sense of a deserted city, sometimes: those empty, pretty horizons that look so heroic from afar, are just the bridges to Marin County or Oakland up close.
- bunny 4-08-2003 6:03 pm [add a comment]

Harold and Maude is another SF bay area flashback. The south bay in particular seems like a simpler, more innocent place in these 1971 images.
- mark 4-10-2003 9:01 am [add a comment]

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