San Francisco in Cinema: Interview with the Vampire

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The title reference in Interview with the Vampire, a conversation between reporter Daniel Malloy (Christian Slater) and vampire Louis de Pointe du Lac (Brad Pitt), takes place here - the northwest corner where Golden Gate Avenue, Taylor Street, and 6th Street intersect at Market. Ferry Plaza is seen in the dramatic opening shot; it's about 5:40 p.m. by the tower clock. Both the Golden Gate Bride and Bay Bridge are also featured. Based on the extremely popular novel by Anne Rice, Interview with the Vampire starts in the late 1970s as Louis tell his story of conversion to the dark side by the vampire Lestat (Tom Cruise) more than 200 years earlier. Kirsten Dunst's little girl vampire, Claudia, round out an undead trio. Directed by Neil Jordan and released in 1994, the film failed to match the success of Rice's novel. According to those who closely follow Rice's work, it was the house at 503 Divisadero Street that inspired her to write the novel when she lived in San Francisco in the 1960s and '70s. The house at 280 Divisadero is sometimes named as the Lestat house as well. Mister SF spent a night at #280 back in 1985 and reports no aversion to sunlight since then though he respectfully declines to say whether his neck was bitten at the house.

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