Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Starring San Francisco: Bay Area Film Locations in Hollywood Movies

Wednesday, June 11 at 7:00 p.m.

Merced Arts & Culture Salon / Summer Reading Program

San Francisco has appeared in hundreds of movies and television series, some famous, others obscure, from Eric von Stroheim's 1924 Greed to Dirty Harry to Zodiac. Jim Van Buskirk, co-author of Celluloid San Francisco (and former SFPL librarian), uses film stills and clips to demonstrate the Bay Area's rich cinematic history. Among the many familiar (or not-so-familiar scenes) are the Alta Plaza Park steps being chipped in What's Up, Doc?, the futuristic skyline in Towering Inferno and Bicentennial Man and the geographically inconsistent chase sequence in Bullitt.


Princess Diaries: A San Francisco Public Library Film Festival Screening

Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 6:30 p.m.

Shy San Francisco teenager Mia Thermopolis (Anne Hathaway) is completely thrown for a loop by the unexpected and astonishing news that she's a real-life princess! As the heir apparent to the crown of the small European principality of Genovia, Mia begins a comical journey toward that throne when her strict and formidable grandmother Clarisse (Julie Andrews) shows up to give her "princess lessons."

Please note that this Merced Arts & Culture Salon / Summer Reading Program presentation begins at 6:30 p.m., one half hour earlier than most Salons.