THX 1138 | 1970
Set in a clinically dystopian future, the film utilised a number of real Californian locations. The claustrophobic underground environment is the (uncompleted) tunnel system of the San Francisco BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) (BART).
Other locations include the Lawrence Hall of Science, 1 Centennial Drive, in the hills above the main University of California campus at Berkeley.
The clinical world of the future used Frank Lloyd Wright’s magnificent 1950s extravaganza, the Marin County Civic Center, Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, north of San Francisco. The same setting was used as the ‘Gattaca Corporation’ in Andrew Niccol’s underrated 1997 sci-fi Gattaca with Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman and Jude Law.