The Feel of the Rope: Reflections on Life at the San Francisco Cable Car Division
Produced by Nick Tomizawa
 
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The Feel of the Rope: Reflections on Life at the San Francisco Cable Car Division

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The Feel of the Rope: Reflections on Life at the San Francisco Cable Car Division
 

A Documentary by Nick Tomizawa.

Invented and first used in San Francisco, the cable cars were a ubiquitous form of transportation around the world, only to soon be supplanted by the electric streetcar. Today, once again, San Francisco is the only place in the world you will see these cars out on the road.

What is it like to operate a cable car? Who are the people that run the cable car system? Why do these men and women call themselves a "family"? And what are the ties and traditions that bind them to each other, and to those who came before them?

The Feel of the Rope is a tribute to the men and women who carry on a San Francisco tradition that has continued for over 130 years. Through the words of employees past and present representing two generations of operators, managers, maintainers, trainers, and car builders, you will get an insider's look at what makes the cable cars the most unique transit system in the world.

Video photo album and additional clips included.



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Reviews:
"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
www.cable-car-guy.com

Cast:
Various

Awards:
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Title #207883
Format: DVD-R
The Feel of the Rope: Reflections on Life at the San Francisco Cable Car Division
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