All cities have their secrets, but none are so dark as San Francisco's. With its reputation as a shadowy land of easy vice and hard virtue, San Francisco provided the ideal setting for many of the greatest film noirs, from classics like The Maltese Falcon and Dark Passage to obscure treasures like Woman on the Run and D.O.A., and neo-noirs like Point Blank and The Conversation.
In this guide to more than forty film noirs and the locations where they were shot, readers visit the Mission Dolores cemetery, where James Stewart spies Kim Novak visiting Carlottas grave in Vertigo; the Steinhart Aquarium, where Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth rendezvous in The Lady from Shanghai; and Kezar Stadium, where Clint Eastwood, in Dirty Harry, captures the serial killer, Scorpio, in a blaze of ghastly white light.
Martin Scorsese calls it "a fascinating work of criticism disguised as a guided tour around a great city."
"Nathaniel Rich's smart, incisive, and inclusive book will appeal to lovers of film noirand of San Franciscoall around the country. A wonderful guidebook to that city's cinematic netherworld, it makes you want to get lost in the films even as you find your way through the city."