Notes on the Port of St. Francis (Updated a year ago)
An impressionistic and evocative film from 1951 directed by Frank Stauffacher and narrated by Vincent Price, about San Francisco. Opens with the text of Walter de la Mare's poem 'An Epitaph': "Here lies a most beautiful lady:/Light of step and heart was she;/I think she was the most beautiful lady/That ever was in the West County." Price's narration consists of a series of excerpts from Robert Louis Stevenson's 1882 essay on San Francisco. Professor Scott MacDonald has written online about Stauffacher's film and the summary below is quoted directly from his work: "The opening section provides a rough overview of the history of San Francisco. The remaining sections focus on, respectively: people negotiating the city's hills via cable car, automobile, and go-cart; the speed of the city's development; the general mixture of ethnic groups and types of people; the Italian-Americans and Fisherman's Wharf; the Chinese-Americans and China- town; the fog; and finally, the city's diverse neighborhoods, a section that leads to the concluding idea of San Francisco as a "City of Contrasts." The TV Archive would like to thank Barbara Solomon - author and Frank Stauffacher's ex wife - for granting us permission to stream this film online. It was remastered from San Francisco State University's 16mm, optical sound film print.
Tags: at 3507
Added to San Francisco Bay Area Television Archive on October 9, 2012.
- Type of material: special feature
- Duration: 21:31
- Rights for this video belong to: Barbara Solomon
- Recording medium: 16mm b&w, optical sound film
- Date aired: 1951
- Originally aired on: Privately produced & owned
- AT 3507.mp4 (257.63 MB – MPEG4 video)
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