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  • Top 5 Scenes Involving the Golden Gate Bridge

    Top 5 Scenes Involving the Golden Gate Bridge

    March 10, 2010, 10:08 am
    I grew up in San Francisco, and I still consider it my true home. Whenever I see a movie that features the city I feel my heart well up and a wave of longing hits me. Thankfully, most of my family is still there and I can go visit them when I have some extra funds. Now I live in Vancouver, which is basically the San Francisco of Canada, and it is very similar— but when I see that Golden Gate I know I’m not home unless I’m there.



    Criteria:
    - Scene must have the big red Golden Gate Bridge either featured or involved in the scene in some way.
    Top 5 Scenes Involving the Golden Gate Bridge
    5. It Came From Beneath the Sea (1955)

    The montage is extremely jumbled in the scene where the monster octopus decides to destroy the bridge, but the scene is so funny that I have to mention it. I’m sorry, but that octopus is cute— what I would’ve given to see this movie when it just came out, and stop motion was the VFX norm. (Would I have thought it to be funny? Probably— I think most horror movies are funny.) The saving grace is that the pacing is decent. The cuts involving the monster and people rushing to the attack site are quick and filled with urgency, which helps this scene out a lot.
    Top 5 Scenes Involving the Golden Gate Bridge
    4. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

    This will forever be my favourite of all the original Star Trek movies, mostly because of the whole San Francisco thing, but it’s pretty quirky, too. This movie is a great example of how editing can shape a city because it completely flips the SF Bay Area’s geography. They are somewhere in Chinatown (downtown SF) when Kirk sees an ad for humpback whales at an aquarium in Sausalito. So, they hop a bus, and cross the bridge to the north bay—which is the only geographically correct move they make. When they get to the aquarium, San Franciscans will realise that they are not in Sausalito, but are in fact at the Monterey Bay Aquarium (1-2 hours south of the city). After meeting a nice lady at the aquarium Spock and Kirk walk down Krissy Fields (which is actually in SF) and then are asked if they’d like a ride back to the city. Uhh... Of course, all this really doesn’t matter in the world of film, unless you are actually familiar with the area, but that’s the point, isn’t it? As an editor, you can make down, up, and still have it make sense to the viewer (unless you know SF as well as I do— then it’s just funny).

    Oh yeah, I guess I should mention that the scene where they are going across the bridge on the bus has a nice montage and a good performance choice, but the above concept is more interesting than the scene itself.
    Top 5 Scenes Involving the Golden Gate Bridge
    3. James Bond: A View to A Kill (1985)

    This one straight out involves the bridge as a set, which is super fun for me. The editing is well paced, building tension and using a quick speed to aid in the desperate duel between Roger Moore and Christopher Walken. Really my only complaint is that the montage is maybe a little sloppy. My eyes were dragged all over the place and it was more tiring than helpful in progressing the fight. In any case, it’s a fun scene and a thoroughly goofy Bond film worth watching— you can’t go wrong with a young Christopher Walken!
    Top 5 Scenes Involving the Golden Gate Bridge
    2. X Men III: The Last Stand (2006)

    I remember seeing this in the theatre with a bunch of my friends just before I left San Francisco to go to school in Toronto, and we all thought it was hilariously awesome to see one of the coolest actors ever as Magneto just up and move the bridge. Now as I watch it, it’s still pretty awesome, but I can dissect the scene a little more professionally than "OMG SIR IAN MCKELLAN IS SO COOL!!" The montage is solid, the pacing is tight, and the reveals are inspired. One thing that did catch me off guard however is a continuity issue where suddenly it’s night-time dark— as if they just decided to skip true sunset. It’s a really weird transition; therefore this scene gets the number 2 spot.
    Top 5 Scenes Involving the Golden Gate Bridge
    1. Vertigo (1958)

    Vertigo is on my top 5 movies ever, and it probably will be for the rest of my time on this planet. The Golden Gate bridge scene is classic, probably because it’s beautifully shot, directed, and edited. The cutting pace is slow and foreboding, but doesn’t reveal anything useful, making the viewer wonder "what is going on here?" The use of cross-fade transitions makes the scene feel dreamlike and mystical, but you’re not sure whether it’s a good dream or a bad one. When she suddenly jumps, the viewers find themselves with the same look of alarm on their faces that Jimmy Stewart expresses. The editing in this scene portrays the best mix of viewer intrigue and montage in a scene involving the coolest bridge in the world.

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      Top 5 Edited Dinosaur Attack Scenes!

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      Top five scenes in a Mad Max film!

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    • Top 5 edited scenes in Metropolis
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      Top 5 edited scenes in Metropolis

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      Top 5 Back to the Future Scenes

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