New York and Los Angeles are sometimes unrecognizable in films noir because A) it was often taken for granted that those movies simply needed a big city as a backdrop, and B) many of those films lacked location photography. San Francisco was rarely used merely as a stand-in for “big city America,” probably because it is instantly recognizable – even if it’s only as a black-and-white, rear-projection backdrop. But San Francisco made an enormous contribution through... More >>>