I watched Hitchcock’s *Vertigo *last night, although I’ve seen it several times. Not the best Hitchcock ever, but the thing that I enjoyed the most *this *time was the background outdoor location shots in and around 1958 San Francisco. I was 10 years old that year, and even though I never lived in San Francisco it was a treat to see the world I remember from that time. The street scenes, the cars, the clothes (seamed hose, which I so longed to wear, but they were out by the time I got old enough), the interiors-- restaurants with people dressed to the nines, the department store where Jimmy made over Kim Novak, the beauty salon where the operators dressed in white like nurses, the gigantic hospital room where Jimmy recovered from his breakdown, and most of all, the two principals’ apartments.
Barbara Bel Geddes’ studio apartment was a dream! Panoramic windows overlooking the city, sweet little galley kitchen. Didn’t see a bedroom, but I could easily live in that (I’m guessing) 400 sq. ft. space quite happily for the rest of my life. She probably paid $50 a month for it in 1958. :smack: But then her annual income was probably less than 2,000. (When Jimmy bought Kim that flower corsage-- was it an orchid?-- it cost .50.)
Jimmy’s apartment was lovely, too… bigger, with a real kitchen and bedroom, not to mention a fireplace. Probably set him back $150.
Another good movie for backgrounds and cars from that era is the otherwise-pointless Lucille Ball/Desi Arnaz film The Long, Long Trailer (which I saw at age 6 with my parents at the drive in!).