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Footsteps in the Fog: Alfred Hitchcock's San Francisco Paperback – October 1, 2002
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“Footsteps in the Fog is must reading for all true obsessives of Hitchcock and the San Francisco Bay area, and what movie fan isn't? The chapter on Vertigo plunges us into the heart of the director's masterpiece. You don't just read this book, you live and breathe it. Jeff Kraft and Aaron Leventhal make it great fun to play lost-and-found in Hitchcock's San Francisco. The book they've created is unique, haunting, and indispensable.” —Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
“Like many people, I'm hooked on the idea of finding famous movie locations in ‘real life.’ I can't think of a better subject for such a pursuit than Hitchcock and San Francisco.” —Leonard Maltin, film critic and historian
“Footsteps in the Fog doesn't just retrace Hitchcock's footsteps entertainingly, and with an eye for details that bring back some of cinema's most classic chills, it's also an invaluable time capsule. The contrast between what was and what is made me want to book the next flight to California, so I could see Hitchcock's San Francisco for myself before any more of it disappears!” —Bob Mondello, NPR
“As haunting as its evocative title, Footsteps in the Fog: Alfred Hitchcock's San Francisco shows us exactly what locations the great director used to create what might be the most elegantly spooky vision of an American city ever put on film.” —Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
“Footsteps in the Fog is a particular gem that not only makes Hitchcock alive with the breathing presence of San Francisco—but makes San Francisco alive with the ghost of Hitchcock movies. The book is a pleasure from start to finish.” —Mick LaSalle, author of Dangerous Men and Complicated Women: Sex and Power in Pre-Code Hollywood
“Beyond merely categorizing everything about their beloved city, Kraft and Leventhal let their love of the director's movies break through the mist.” —Premiere Magazine
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In one film documentary, Hume Cronyn, who co-starred in one of Hitch's own favorite movies - "Shadow of a Doubt" - described how Hitch enthused on filming in and near California wine country. "We'll go to the vineyards and squeeze the grapes over our mouths, until the juice runs down onto our shirts."
Here you can see pictures from both the filming time and now, and go on a detailed journey through each step of filming for movies staged in San Francisco or elsewhere in Northern California (The Birds, for example, was filmed in Bodega Bay). The authors present the sites as they were for each scene and then describe those sites as they are today, if they still stand.
Perhaps the most haunting images are of the historic Mission Dolores Church, where James Stewart followed Kim Novak to a graveside in Vertigo. This still lies at the heart of the city's Mission District. You also get views of the Golden Gate bridge approach where Kim jumped into the bay, and find out that this plot of land only existed in moviedom...
A historical curiosity: as much as the Hitchcock's were charmed by this area, they sold their second home here in the early 1960s and spent the rest of their lives in their modest Bel Air house. Like so many older people, they liked the year-round heat, I guess.
Fortunately, the three films highlighted are among the master's best, most recognizable work, so scene references do not seem obscure to even the non-trivialist. The various San Francisco locations cited in "Vertigo" provide the book's high points since the other two films are obviously more focused on the less compelling north bay communities of Santa Rosa and Bodega Bay. What comes across most in the co-authors' discourse throughout is their confirmation of Hitchcock's well-known meticulous filmmaking techniques. He was obviously in love with the area, even having a home for a time in Scots Valley near Santa Cruz, but he went to great lengths to study various locations in detail and even recreate real interiors intact - such as the now-defunct Ernie's restaurant or the Venetian Room at the Fairmont Hotel - on Hollywood soundstages with dead-eye accuracy.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is amazing and a must-have for every Hitchcock lover!! Lots of photos and great background info on the movies made in the Bay Area. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Laurie Spears
Great history of Alfred Hitchcock's films in the San Francisco Bay Area. Love all the pictures of the towns and backdrop of Santa Cruz also !Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you are either a Hitchcock fan or a fan of Bay Area movie history, this is an exceptional book you will greatly enjoy. Read morePublished on December 4, 2013 by Crafty Cindy
If you are a fan of Hitchcock movies and the City is your home, you must have this book. There is more geography and history of the Bay Area in this book than in a library of... Read morePublished on October 12, 2013 by Richard Brookes
Jeff Kraft and Aaron Leventhal's "Footsteps in the Fog" is at once a thrilling piece of scholarship for Hitchcock fans and a fascinating history of the Bay Area as seen through... Read morePublished on June 28, 2013 by Miles D. Moore
I wonderful book with great stories and pictures. I really liked the way they showed pictures from how it looked when Hitchcock was filming and what it looks like today. Read morePublished on February 5, 2012 by Terri
We are really enjoying Footsteps in the Fog! In fact we are planning a trip to the San Francisco Area and other places mentioned in the book. The details are just fabulous! Read morePublished on December 5, 2008 by M. L. Struck