Where Did They Shoot That? Professor Kovacs Discusses San Francisco's Famous Movie Scenes

Monday, November 16, 2020
Still from scene in Bullitt of Ford Mustang getting air while on a car chase going downhill on a San Francisco street

KGO-CHANNEL 7 (SAN FRANCISCO) -- Maybe the first big film that was partly shot here was ‘Greed” by Eric Von Stroheim," said Steve Kovacs, a filmmaker and professor at San Francisco State University.

He went on to say, “There’s still a building, which used to be the dentist’s building, on the corner of Hayes and Laguna, and so that’s where it began.”

Kovacs is also an expert on San Francisco film history.

“A lot of films were made here the ’30s, ’40s,” he said. “And then there was a local film scene here, experimental films in the 1940s, and then in the 1960s Francis Ford Coppola moved up here and George Lucas did.”

Kovacs says that while San Francisco’s film history may have started on a corner in the Hayes Valley neighborhood, it has since spread out.