The Feel of the Rope: Reflections on Life at the San Francisco Cable Car Division
A Documentary by Nick Tomizawa.
"The Feel of the Rope...skillfully blends the anecdotes from the interviewees with each other, combines them with the outdoor cable car operational scenes coupled with musical scores that result in an engrossing presentation both for the cable car buff and the non-cable car buff. The subject matter is treated with a high degree of sensitivity and competence. Uniquely, in this age which is too often characterized by indifference and cynicism, the workers, who are from a variety of backgrounds, present a portrait of community, family and pride...the prime strength of The Feel of the Rope is the special feeling that one comes away with from the personal gratification the workers have from their jobs, as being San Francisco 'ambassadors' on this world famous icon."
Walter Rice, PhD, co-author of "San Francisco's Powell Street Cable Cars" and "Of Cables & Grips: The Cable Cars of San Francisco"
"The Feel of the Rope tells the story of San Francisco's cable cars. That story has been told in more books and videos than anyone can count, but Nick Tomizawa's The Feel of the Rope takes a unique perspective. Like many other videos, it shows the cars climbing the hills, talks about the technology, and illustrates the history with well-chosen old photos. But this dvd is special because it concentrates on the men and women of the Cable Car Division...The video makes it clear that this is an unusually devoted family of people who give their best efforts to make the cable cars safe and available for the many people who want to ride them."
Joe Thompson, The Cable Car Home Page
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