In 2009, il gattapardo, a fan of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, toured many of the San Francisco sites featured in the film (the inclusion of Bernard Herrmann’s score makes this clip especially evocative):
Vertigo fans who visit San Francisco might be interested in an official ‘Vertigo tour‘ as provided by the local tour company, A Friend in Town. For those who would rather devise their own tour, I recommend reading (and using as your guide) Footsteps in the Fog: Alfred Hitchcock’s San Francisco by Jeff Kraft and Aaron Leventhal (Santa Monica Press/2002). Kraft and Leventhal take readers on a Bay Area-wide journey of locations from not only Vertigo but also Shadow of a Doubt and The Birds. The authors include local spots that “portrayed” other locales in films such as Rebecca and Suspicion, and still others that inspired settings in films like Psycho (e.g., the home of Norman Bates). It’s a gem!
While in San Francisco, don’t miss the chance to stay at the Hotel Vertigo at 940 Sutter Street; this was the location of Judy’s residence in Vertigo – aka/the Empire Hotel.
A month-long tribute to Vertigo is now in progress at The Lady Eve’s Reel Life