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Special San Francisco Tour: Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred HitchcockAlfred Hitchcock San Francisco: Guided tour through the sites of Hitchcock’s movies

The San Francisco Silent Film Festival has arranged for San Francisco City Guides to lead "a special, SFSFF-only edition" of its "Alfred Hitchcock’s San Francisco" guided walking tour. This particular two-hour Hitchcock tour will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 15, atop Nob Hill. From there, the tour will visit the sites of three Hitchcock films: Vertigo, The Birds, and Family Plot. (Photo: Alfred Hitchcock ca. 1960.)

The San Francisco Silent Film Festival press release adds that Alfred Hitchcock tour participants will "have plenty of time" to go from the tour’s end at Union Square to the Castro Theatre so as to catch the 1:00 pm screening of Hitchcock’s 1928 silent Champagne.

Note: Space for this special "Alfred Hitchcock’s San Francisco" tour is limited. Registration is free — though donations are encouraged — and will be done on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve your spot, click here and fill out the registration form.

Alfred Hitchcock movies: Vertigo, The Birds, Family Plot

Vertigo (1958), for all it’s worth (currently) considered the "greatest movie ever made" by Sight & Sound’s pollsters, was both a critical and box office disappointment upon its release. James Stewart, Kim Novak, and Barbara Bel Geddes star.

The Birds (1963), not exactly a critical favorite but a box office success all the same, features Alfred Hitchcock discovery Tippi Hedren (who in recent years has accused the director of being a vengeful control freak who sexually harassed her), Rod Taylor, Suzanne Pleshette, Jessica Tandy, and Veronica Cartwright.

Family Plot (1976), which turned out to be Hitchcock’s last feature film, stars William Devane (replacing Roy Thinnes), Karen Black, Golden Globe nominee Barbara Harris, and Bruce Dern. Of note: Family Plot reunited Hitchcock with screenwriter Ernest Lehman, with whom the director had had a serious falling out during the making of North by Northwest after Lehman turned down Hichcock’s offer to write the screenplay for the (eventually never made) film project No Bail for the Judge, which was to have starred Audrey Hepburn and Laurence Harvey.

The 2013 San Francisco Silent Film Festival will kick off on Jun 14, with a screening of Hitchcock’s 1929 murder thriller Blackmail, starring Anny Ondra and John Longden.

Alfred Hitchcock photo via San Francisco City Guides.

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