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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.

Dirty 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 offered himself a cult scene in “the city on the bay” in search of an enemy to shoot. Indiana Jones also made a tour of the city, to give the illusion of being in Washington, in a scene at City Hall, or in Berlin, in front of the Administration Building.

In the series

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 Full House, whose residence is located at 1709 Broderick Street, or those of Party of Five, based at 2311 Broadway. Don’t look for the sisters’ mansion in Charmed; a house in Los Angeles has been substituted for the famous Franciscan residence.

On the other hand, the famous Alcatraz prison, named after the J.J. Abrams series, is of course in its vicinity. Monk solves a few investigations there, even if most of them are filmed in Toronto. As for the sensitives of Sense8In season 2, they have some adventures, like the wedding of Teagan (Annie Munch), Nomi’s (Jamie Clayton) sister in season 2 at the Grace Cathedral located on California Street, or the Palace of Fine Arts on Lyon Street where Nomi and Amanita (Freema Agyeman) have lunch while attending the Pride march in episode 1 of season 1.

Video games

And of course, it is impossible to ignore the video games in which the Californian city plays a starring role. The excellent GTA: San Andreas is in everyone’s memory, Driver 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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By Damien Duarte

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Passionné par la culture pop depuis son enfance, ses références vont de Donald Duck à Batman en passant par Marty McFly. Fantripper dans l'âme, voyager sur les traces de Ghostbusters, James Bond ou des héros de romans comme Cotton Malone fait partie d'un séjour idéal et réussi !

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