Footsteps in the Fog: Alfred Hitchcock's San Francisco
Footsteps in the Fog is a celebration of the San Francisco films of Alfred Hitchcock. The master director's familiarity with Northern California greatly influenced his decision to use Bay Area locations in several of his landmark motion pictures, and more importantly was often the source of inspiration for many of these same cinema classics.
Three of Hitchcock's masterpieces were set in the San Francisco area: Shadow of a Doubt, Vertigo, and The Birds. In addition, Rebecca, Suspicion, Marnie, Topaz, Psycho, and Family Plot utilized Bay Area locations and/or were inspired by Northern California events and settings. Footsteps in the Fog examines these famous films, taking the reader on a journey around the Bay Area, while weaving together cinemagraphic intrigue, Bay Area history and lore, and the timeless elegance of San Francisco and its picturesque surroundings.
Over 400 historical and contemporary photos are featured in the book, including impromptu off-camera images and shots from the films themselves--many never before seen!
Footsteps in the Fog can be used as a companion to viewing the Northern California Hitchcock films, as a guide for visiting the sites and settings used in these motion pictures, and as a source of biographical information about Alfred Hitchcock's personal connections to San Francisco and the Bay Area. Hitchcock loved Northern California; he often entertained Hollywood celebrities at his ranch and vineyard outside of Santa Cruz, and frequented such San Francisco institutions as Jack's Restaurant, the Fairmont Hotel, the Top of the Mark, and the historic Bercut Brothers' Grant Market.
Hitchcock fans everywhere will rejoice as they revisit and rediscover the locations and settings used in the great director's most beloved films.
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The brothers served as consultants to Hitchcock during the filming of Vertigo.
Roland, and Ernie's mattre d' Carlo Doto, each have cameos in Vertigo, serving
as the mattre d' and bartender respectively. In fact, according to the Los Angeles
Examiner, Hitchcock was so concerned with realism on the Ernie's set that the
cast and extras actually ate a meal from Ernie's menu during the filming of Vertigo
in Los Angeles. The food consisted of salad with Roquefort dressing, New York
In the real world, 343 Powell Street is located directly on Union Square between
Geary and Post Streets, and the view from the storefront is not of other
businesses across Powell (as shown in Vertigo), but of the square itself. This is
one of many examples where Hitchcock tweaks real-world geography for
cinematic purposes. The actual street-level storefront at 343 Powell Street is
attached to the Westin St. Francis Hotel. The view of Powell Street shown in the
background of the Vertigo ...
Image courtesy San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library:
Chapter Two— Vertigo: p. 161 lower right. Used with permission of The Saturday
Evening Post : Chapter Three — The Birds: p. 174 left, p. 175. Courtesy Mary-
Leah Taylor: Chapter Three— The Birds: p. 187 right, p. 194 left, p. 210 left.
Courtesy Anonymous Source: Chapter Three— The Birds: p. 190 left. Courtesy
The Tides Wharf & Restaurant: Chapter Three— The Birds: p. 197 lower left.
Courtesy Museum ...
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As a native of San Francisco and a Hitchcock fan since birth this book added so much information that I never knew before such as locations in Northern California he used to represent the Cornwall ... Read full review