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San Francisco: "Vertigo"

Everyone remembers the car chase from "Bullitt" or perhaps the Chinatown of "Flower Drum Song." But no movie captured the allure of the City by the Bay better than Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 masterpiece. Hitchcock filmed famous landmarks — the Golden Gate Bridge, the Palace of the Legion of Honor, Ernie's restaurant — in a subjective, lyrical style, to heighten the growing romantic obsession that James Stewart feels toward Kim Novak, whom he tracks around the city. The moody color cinematography by Robert Burks draws the audience into the hero's increasingly mad love, which is inextricably tied to the city where the romance unfolds.
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