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Post San Francisco Films and Robin Williams; from Ric Mauricio
Created by John Eipper on 02/03/18 4:44 AM

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San Francisco Films and Robin Williams; from Ric Mauricio (John Eipper, USA, 02/03/18 4:44 am)

Ric Mauricio responds to David Duggan (1 February):

Oh, yes, we San Franciscans love the movies made here. And Mrs. Doubtfire is one of our favorites, especially since Robin Williams is one of our own (his home was at 540 El Camino del Mar before he moved to Tiburon across the Golden Gate Bridge). But I have to agree with David, Dead Poets Society was his best.

But getting back to San Francisco films, my favorite, of course is Bullitt, since Steve McQueen was my favorite actor hero before Bruce Lee. I've often driven the Guadalupe Canyon Parkway from Daly City to Brisbane across the San Bruno Mountain. This road has since been widened from the days of the Bullitt film. I have to control myself, as I want to go really fast on this road. But I know the cops have to be waiting for me. Oh, well, one can dream.

And there are other great movies made in San Francisco. From the Maltese Falcon to Hitchcock's Vertigo to Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry series, they have provided us with a sense of pride in our great city (despite the crazy politics). What is funny, though, is to those of us who know the city streets intimately, we watch as cars make a turn from one district to another that do not make sense. Turn left from the Mission and voilà, you are instantly in North Beach (The Laughing Policeman).

JE comments:  Hagerty magazine (produced by an insurance company for classic/vintage cars) recently ran a piece on the rediscovery of Steve McQueen's 1968 Bullitt Mustang (one of the two identical 'Stangs used in the film--the other was destroyed during the filming).  It had been "missing" in a private garage for several decades:


Ric Mauricio mentions the failure of outsiders to understand the streets of San Francisco.  I've recently been filling my commute with an audio version of Detroit, a Biography (Scott Martelle, 2012).  The otherwise excellent history can be irritating for a local, as the narrator frequently mispronounces names and places.

How would you say the following:  Gratiot (Ave), Ecorse, Dequindre (Road), Macomb (County)?  For starters, forget your French with the first one:  It's GRASS-shit (really), not GRAH-show.

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