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San Francisco movie locations from classic films

San Francisco movie locations from classic films

Invasion Of The Body Snatchers - What's With Geoffrey?

 Then ...  At 720 Steiner Street, the home she shares with Geoffrey, Elizabeth is getting worried about an inexplicable change in his demeanor and behavior.  She wakes one morning and follows him down the staircase as he leaves the house.

... and Now,  the railings and walls have since been painted over and there's no longer artwork covering the window.

 

   As she watches through the front window he dumps something, she knows not what, into the back of a garbage truck (just like the truck seen earlier outside the dry cleaners where the owner complained to Matthew that his wife "... not my wife").  What is going on?

 

 Then ...  Later she follows him again; he leads her across a footbridge where the telephoto lens pulls the background, including a stainless steel sculpture, towards us.

... and Now,  this is the footbridge over Washington Street looking south across Maritime Plaza (map) towards One Embarcadero Center.  The sculpture, still there, is by Swiss sculptor Willi Gutmann.  A closer view of the same sculpture was seen in the 1974 movie The Conversation.

 

 Then ...  She watches, puzzled, as he meets a group of people she has never seen before.

... and Now,  this is the escalator of the One Maritime Plaza office highrise which connects the plaza level to the street level lobby; it was called the Alcoa building when the movie was filmed (map).  Forty years on, the lobby, including the bench against the back wall and the lights arrayed around the walls, looks much the same.

 

    Elizabeth wanders through town with an eerie feeling that everyone around her has changed in some way.  She is convinced there's a conspiracy going on.

 

 Then ...  She passes  a cable car on Powell Street pulling in to the turntable at Market (map).  On the surface things look normal, but ...

... and Now,  a cable car awaits its turn to rumble down to the turntable.  Different retail stores have taken over and the Burger King building has a shiny new exterior.  The old California Cafe sign painted on the side of the building at top center has survived remarkably well over the years.

 

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