With her 75th Birthday looming this week, we're getting in the mood to celebrate that star of screens big, small, and really tiny— Golden Gate Bridge— with some clips from her past. Each afternoon this week we'll post a video to our liking. Enjoy!
The 1955 It Came From Beneath The Sea was one of the first films to work hysteria about nuclear testing in the Pacific Ocean— attractive humans battling a monster of mythic proportions, and of course, their own desires. A very angry (or very hungry) giant squid is ravaging the Pacific Ocean and winds up in San Francisco. The cast is forgettable, but the octopus is not, created in latex by film effects genius Ray Harryhausen. After ravaging downtown and demolishing the Ferry Building, the enormous cephalopod wraps our favorite bridge its hideous, suckering embrace.
As part of the celebrations around the Golden Gate Bridge this week, the Walt Disney Family Museum and the Presidio Trust have partnered in a 7-film series The Bridge On The Big Screen. Starting off with It Came From Beneath The Sea the the series will screen classics like Vertigo, Superman,, and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
It Came From Beneath The Sea will screen outdoors on the Parade Ground on Saturday, May 26, 6:00pm to 10:00pm. Film will begin at dark. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair, and a picnic, beer and wine are OK, plus there will be food trucks organized by Off The Grid. Parking is extremely limited, so consider the PresidiGo Shuttle which will be operating on an extended schedule.
· It Came From Beneath The Sea [IMDb]
· Dynamation [Ray Harryhausen]
· The Bridge On The Big Screen [Presidio Trust]
· PresidiGo Shuttle Extended Hours [Presidio Trust]