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FILM: Jim Van Buskirk explores San Francisco on the Big Screen featuring San Francisco on the Silver Screen (06-04), Hollywood Shakes San Francisco (06-11), The Golden Gate Bridge on the Silver Screen (06-18), Alcatraz on the Silver Screen (06-25).

Cinematic San Francisco: Alcatraz on the Silver Screen

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Date(s) - 06/25/2024
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

San Francisco Main Library


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Jim Van Buskirk, a retired SFPL librarian, major movie buff, and public speaker, is the co-author of Celluloid San Francisco: The Film Lover’s Guide to Bay Area Movie Locations as well as other books, articles, blogs and radio broadcasts on San Francisco and film history.

Shortly after Alcatraz opened as a federal prison in 1934, its role as a setting for movies began. From Alcatraz Island (1937) through Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) Hollywood depicted life on the isolated island. After the prison closed in 1963, a new era began. Point Blank (1967) was the first to actually film in the deserted facility, followed by such memorable titles as The Enforcer (1974) Escape from Alcatraz (1979), The Rock (1996) and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).This clip-filled program — featuring both comedies and thrillers — depicts how the infamous prison has appeared on screen and became one of the bay area’s most popular tourist attractions.

This four-part series, hosted every Tuesday night in June, celebrates San Francisco’s important role in the movies. These lively clip-filled programs are engaging, entertaining and educational. Beginning with a general overview of Bay Area in films and television, narrowing the focus to representations of the 1906 earthquake, before traversing the Golden Gate Bridge, and finally landing on Alcatraz.

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