Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Sutro Gothic

More improbable buildings... below, the Cliff House, San Francisco and the Medina Castle in Pit and the Pendulum... This morning I came across a photograph of Adolph Sutro’s Gothic palace Cliff House, from 1902. A structure still exists today on the cliffs above above Ocean Beach but it's not quite as enchanting. Looking at the photograph jogged a memory of Albert Whitlock's beautiful matte painting seen in Corman's film. I haven't heard Roger Corman, or Tim Lucas' commentary tracks from Arrow's BR of Pit and the Pendulum, but I wonder was the Cliff House an influence on Whitlock's design ?

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