History UsefulNotes / SanFrancisco

3rd Nov '17 2:45:35 PM jamespolk
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* Perhaps the only thing filmmakers love to do more than a San Francisco car chase is to destroy the Golden Gate Bridge, as giant monsters, crashing spaceships, supervillains, and natural disasters frequently topple (or at least bust up) the famed span on film. It's worth noting that the 75 year old structure is remarkably sturdy in real life, still considered seismically stable even on its diamond anniversary in 2012.

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* Perhaps the only thing filmmakers love to do more than a San Francisco car chase is to destroy the Golden Gate Bridge, as giant monsters, crashing spaceships, supervillains, and natural disasters frequently topple (or at least bust up) the famed span on film. It's worth noting that the 75 year old structure is remarkably sturdy in real life, still considered seismically stable even on its diamond anniversary in 2012.[[note]]The Bay Bridge is far more rarely portrayed in films, being not as pretty as the Golden Gate, but it actually did have a section of the upper deck fall down during the 1989 earthquake. It can be seen in ''Film/TheGraduate'', where Benjamin is famously driving the wrong way.[[/note]]
29th Sep '17 7:55:30 PM manepony101
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* ''VideoGame/WatchDogs2'' takes place in the Bay Area.
27th Sep '17 4:43:20 PM LongTallShorty64
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* ''Film/WomanOnTheRun'' is basically a FilmNoir tour of the city during the 1950s.
19th Sep '17 6:25:42 PM Nightsky
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In almost any film or TV show, the cable cars will be made to seem almost everywhere, with the stock establishing shot a cable car cresting over a hill lined with Victorian houses while the Golden Gate bridge is framed in the background. Car chases are frequent in TV and film thanks to the hilly streets and neato views (often making a point of going down the famously-winding [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lombard_Street_%28San_Francisco%29 Lombard Street]].) The city is famous for its liberal politics (the [[{{Beatnik}} beats]] and the [[NewAgeRetroHippie hippies]] followed on each other's heels in the mid-20th century), prominent gay population, longtime history as a hub for Chinese immigration, and its reputation for attracting colorful eccentrics who become tolerated or even celebrated in a way they probably wouldn't be anywhere else in America.

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In almost any film or TV show, the cable cars will be made to seem almost everywhere, with the stock establishing shot a cable car cresting over a hill lined with Victorian houses while the Golden Gate bridge is framed in the background. Car chases are frequent in TV and film thanks to the hilly streets and neato views (often making a point of going down the famously-winding [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lombard_Street_%28San_Francisco%29 Lombard Street]].) The city is famous for its liberal politics politics, association with countercultural movements (the [[{{Beatnik}} beats]] and the [[NewAgeRetroHippie hippies]] followed on each other's heels in the mid-20th century), prominent gay population, longtime history as a hub for Chinese immigration, and its reputation for attracting colorful eccentrics who become tolerated or even celebrated in a way they probably wouldn't be anywhere else in America.
9th Sep '17 5:17:54 PM nombretomado
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* Another Disney Channel original series, ''ANTFarm'', which, like ''That's So Raven'', has a black teen girl as the main character, also takes place in San Francisco.

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* Another Disney Channel original series, ''ANTFarm'', ''Series/ANTFarm'', which, like ''That's So Raven'', has a black teen girl as the main character, also takes place in San Francisco.
23rd Aug '17 2:32:47 AM PaulA
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* San Francisco and the nearby area is the primary setting for ''[[Literature/ElementalMasters The Fire Rose]]'' by Mercedes Lackey, the climax of which occurs during the morning of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1906_San_Francisco_earthquake 1906 earthquake]].

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* San Francisco and the nearby area is the primary setting for ''[[Literature/ElementalMasters The Fire Rose]]'' ''Literature/TheFireRose'' by Mercedes Lackey, the climax of which occurs during the morning of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1906_San_Francisco_earthquake 1906 earthquake]].
27th Jul '17 10:16:12 PM Gillan1220
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* ''Film/ResidentEvilAfterlife'': Alice mentions that her plane would fly above San Francisco. Although we do not get to see it, she did mention she spotted no signs of life in all the cities in the North American West Coast she passed.





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* The novelization of ''Film/ResidentEvilExtinction'' written by Keith R.A. DeCandido has San Francisco the ground zero for the [[ZombieApocalypse Global T-Virus Pandemic]] after Umbrella fails to eradicate the small number of infected there.


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* ''Series/TheManInTheHighCastle'': San Francisco is the capital of the Japanese Pacific States, a country carved out of the former western U.S. and Canada after the Axis won World War II. The city has seen an influx of Japanese citizens and culture in the alternate 1962 it is set in.


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* ''VideoGame/{{Homefront}}'': The final level has the American Resistance and the might of the [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks U.S. military: Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome working]] [[WeAreStrugglingTogether together]] to assault the [[NorthKoreansWithNodongs Korean People's Army]] headquarters there - which they made the city the capital of the [[InvadedStatesOfAmerica New Korean Federation of Occupied America]].
13th May '17 3:54:01 PM nombretomado
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* One season of {{MTV}}'s ''Series/TheRealWorld'' was set in San Francisco. It featured, among others, an aspiring comic artist named Creator/JuddWinick....

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* One season of {{MTV}}'s Creator/{{MTV}}'s ''Series/TheRealWorld'' was set in San Francisco. It featured, among others, an aspiring comic artist named Creator/JuddWinick....
3rd May '17 7:12:12 PM PaulA
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* San Francisco is the primary setting for the first and third books of WilliamGibson's ''Literature/BridgeTrilogy'', ''Virtual Light'' and ''All Tomorrow's Parties'' (the second book, ''Literature/{{Idoru}}'', takes place mostly in Tokyo). The city is depicted as struggling to recover from a massive earthquake (a lot like it was in real life in the early 90s, when the first book was being written), and much of the action takes place in a shantytown constructed on the ruins of the Bay Bridge (from which the trilogy gets its name).

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* San Francisco is the primary setting for the first and third books of WilliamGibson's Creator/WilliamGibson's ''Literature/BridgeTrilogy'', ''Virtual Light'' ''Literature/VirtualLight'' and ''All Tomorrow's Parties'' ''Literature/AllTomorrowsParties'' (the second book, ''Literature/{{Idoru}}'', takes place mostly in Tokyo). The city is depicted as struggling to recover from a massive earthquake (a lot like it was in real life in the early 90s, when the first book was being written), and much of the action takes place in a shantytown constructed on the ruins of the Bay Bridge (from which the trilogy gets its name).
23rd Apr '17 4:58:58 PM Rubber_Lotus
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* During the Creator/JohnByrne run, ComicBook/WonderWoman operated out of Gateway City, which was pretty much San Francisco in all but name.
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