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Fantastic 1958 Film Footage of San Francisco

  |   History, Mass Transit, Video   |   21 Comments

San Francisco 1958 from Jeff Altman on Vimeo.

A film colorist at a local Chicago production house inherited a bunch of 16mm Kodachrome film shot in the late ’50s by his grandparents.

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Cars driving down Lombard Street. The silhouette of the guy smoking the cigar in the window is classic. I also like the moody accompanying music.

UPDATE: A commenter at Boing Boing informs that the song is “Alone in Kyoto” by Air.

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21 Comments
  • giclv | Oct 23, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    gorgeous kodachrome… real life should look like that.

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  • Sean Redmond | Oct 23, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    You should also check out the skyline shot in “Where the Buffalo Roam” with Bill Murray. There’s also a great time lapse sequence of the now non-existent Embarcadero Freeway at minute 49 of “Koyaanisqatsi”…both are color but done in the late 70’s/early 80’s…

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  • Bruno Rico | Oct 23, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Great vídeo and great song
    Thanks for share with us

  • Miles Archer | Oct 23, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    very cool

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  • schani | Oct 24, 2009 at 10:46 am

    nice video and nice soundtrack ^_^

  • artemir | Oct 25, 2009 at 1:22 am

    Vídeo muy atractivo que me retrotrajo a la visita que hice a San Francisco hace algunos años. Prof. C. Rodríguez-Ruano

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  • Bob Crockett | Oct 25, 2009 at 8:56 am

    Very enjoyable. The music was a nice touch. I like to think this would have been a great time to live in San Francisco. Alas…

  • Debra Nicholson | Oct 25, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Really nice. I was born in 1950, and it reminded me of the joy of childhood.

  • YoVegas | Oct 25, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Good A/V pairing. This track also appears on Sofia Coppola’s “Lost in Translation”. If you like the vibe of this song, definitely check out the soundtrack of the aforementioned film. IMO, it is one of the best film soundtracks ever assembled.

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  • Tim E. | Nov 23, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    The only thing that’s changed about SF is what the people wear and how they get around. That’s something else.

  • dusktilldawn666 | Jan 7, 2010 at 9:40 am

    how wonderful, what a beautiful piece of film.

  • dan Holm | Feb 2, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    50+ years ago, and think 50 years before this the ’06 earthquake destroyed it..

  • Stephanie | Mar 10, 2010 at 8:25 am

    Ahh, the 50’s. I can’t get over how clean, uncrowed and smog free the city appears. Thanks for sharing.