San Francisco in 1958

San Francisco 1958I just came across some more old, mesmerizing footage that needed to be shared. In this montage of home movie clips, we get to see what the Bay Area was like more than 50 years ago. I love the decidedly retro, supersaturated, and almost grainy look and feel of the 16mm footage. It actually invokes a strange feeling of nostalgia in me; one that makes me wish that I was alive back then to see all of it first hand.

Although the footage alone is compelling enough, it’s the accompanying song that really sets this apart from the pack. The name of it is “Alone in Kyoto” by Air, which may or may not be familiar to you; it was used in the soundtrack of the critically-acclaimed 2003 film Lost in Translation, starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson.

The priceless shot in this is the one with the silhouetted man smoking a cigar while overlooking the entire city. In this shot we can make out major landmarks in the background like the Bay Bridge, Coit Tower, and the Ferry Building.

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Scarlett Johansson & Pete Yorn Should Never “Break Up”

People criticized Scarlett Johansson’s album, Anywhere I Lay My Head because her vocals were hidden beneath layers of effects. However, this time, teaming up with Pete Yorn, Scarlett Johansson’s music career could flourish with the release of the duo’s album, Break Up. The idea came to Yorn when, after days of insomnia, he finally got some sleep. Yorn claims it came to him in a dream and as soon as he woke up, he was on the phone with Johansson.

Two years before Johansson released her Tom Waits cover album, Anywhere I Lay My Head, Yorn had already planned the entire album. He had hoped to recreate the magic found in the late 1960s recording of Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot’s “Bonnie & Clyde” and, despite not knowing what Scarlett Johansson’s voice sounded like, Yorn thought she would be perfect for the part. “For some reason the image I had in my head and the context of the project, Scarlett just seemed right for it. In fact, when I asked her if she would do it I didn’t even know she could sing. … I knew that she was very talented and it was like an afterthought. I was like, ‘Oh, I’m sure she can sing.’” (Alternative Press)

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