San Francisco: a true capital of pop culture!
San Francisco, movie star
San Francisco and cinema are inseparable. In addition to being in California, a land of all possibilities on the screen, its atypical streets, splendid skyline and breathtaking landscapes make it cinematographic.
Inspector Harry (Clint Eastwood) or Bullitt (Steve McQueen) roamed its huge streets looking for criminals to punish, not hesitating to squeal tires in Lombard Street and bring out the heavy artillery to gain respect. Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams), separated from his two daughters and his son, has turned into Mrs Doubtfire, an exemplary nurse, to be closer to his children in her house at 2640 Steiner Street. Scott Lang aka Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) travels the streets of San Francisco to Pier 39 to help Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and his daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly) find Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer), the wife of the former and the mother of the latter. James Bond (Roger Moore) even had a cult scene in “City on the Bay” looking for an enemy to shoot down. Indiana Jones also walked the streets of San Francisco, to give the illusion of being in Washington, in a scene at the City Hall, or in Berlin, in front of the Administration Building.
If San Francisco is cinematic, it does not forget to play key roles on the small screen. The city is the setting for the adventures of the Tanner family in La Fête à la maison, whose residence is located at 1709 Broderick Street, or those of La Vie à cinq, based at 2311 Broadway. Don’t look for the sisters’ mansion in Charmed; a house in Los Angeles has taken the place of a residence in San Francisco. On the other hand, the famous Alcatraz prison, named after the series by J.J. Abrams, is of course nearby. Monk solves a few investigations well, although most of them are filmed in Toronto. As for Sense8’s sensitives, they have a few adventures, such as the wedding of Teagan (Annie Munch), sister of Nomi (Jamie Clayton) in season 2 at the Grace Cathedral on California Street, or the Palace of Fine Arts on Lyon Street in which Nomi and Amanita (Freema Agyeman) have lunch while attending the Pride March in episode 1 of season 1.
And of course, you can’t ignore the video games in which San Francisco plays a starring role. The excellent GTA: San Andreas is in all the memories, Driver: San Francisco also stands out, not to mention Watch Dogs 2, Splinter Cell or Resistance 2. Some may have fun finding the locations in these games, others may find the CJ residences in GTA available for purchase, or the DedSec headquarters in Watch Dogs 2 once on the streets of SF.
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Head to Melbourne, Australia for a stroll along AC/DC Lane before crossing the iconic Abbey Road pedestrian crossing in the company of The Beatles. Visit Janis Joplin‘s home in San Francisco and find out how Johnny Cash ended up playing his greatest hits to a crowd of prisoners in San Quentin. Travel the winding roads of Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and stop in Japan to catch up with Deep Purple, Phil Collins and Daft Punk. Drive down the Tina Turner Highway before entering some of the most legendary studios in music history. Go back to the troubled origins of Billie Holiday and make a pact with Robert Johnson at the famous crossroads in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Embark immediately on an exhilarating world tour with some of music’s most iconic bands and artists! Relive the Jimi Hendrix concert on the Isle of Wight before paying tribute to Bob Marley in Jamaica.
Produced by a team of pop-culture specialists and enhanced by numerous anecdotes, Cult! musictells the secrets of the places that made the history of music.
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By Anthony Thibault