Tales of the City: San Francisco

November Film Series

The November Film Series takes us to the city by the bay. The featured films are set in San Francisco. Two films in particular - The Joy Luck Club and Milk - pay homage to the city's culture and history. Simply enjoy the scenery or read about San Francisco life in Armistead Maupin's quintessential Tales of the City.

All screenings are free and begin at 6 p.m. in the large lower-level meeting room.

Movie poster for "Milk"
Movie poster for "Vertigo"
 
Movie poster for "The Joy Luck Club" Movie poster for "Dirty Harry"

Nov. 5 -- Milk (2008)
R, 128 minutes
Harvey Milk was a gay rights activist and grassroots politician. He became the first openly gay man to hold public office in the United States when he was elected to the Board of Supervisors in San Francisco. However, tragedy followed Harvey. This Academy Award-winning film is based on a true story. Read more about the events with titles from our collection.

Nov. 12 -- Vertigo (1958)
PG, 128 minutes
San Francisco police detective Scottie Ferguson leaves work after he suffered an attack of vertigo so severe that he nearly fell to his death. Later, an old friend convinces Scottie to take a strange case. Scottie is to follow the man's beautiful wife around the city; but can Scottie solve the mystery before fate has its way? Vertigo was directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

Nov. 19 -- The Joy Luck Club (1993)
R, 140 minutes
This heart-warming story of a decades-long friendship is set in San Francisco. Four Chinese women begin meeting in 1949 to play mah jong, invest in stocks, and tell stories. They call this gathering the Joy Luck Club and the movie tells its story as it spans generations. Based on Amy Tan's best-selling novel.

Nov. 26 -- Dirty Harry (1971)
R, 102 minutes
Harry Callahan is a bitter San Francisco cop whose life is his job. When a notorious criminal goes on a killing spree, Harry and his partner are assigned to the case. Yet, Harry's heavy-handed tactics and contempt for Miranda rights draw criticism from the city government. Likewise, the movie was criticized for glamorizing police violence. Starring Clint Eastwood.