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This is the City: Symposium – Opening Night

November 13, 2015 @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM


$15 pass granting access to all discussions and screenings on both Friday and Saturday

Friday @ 7:30 p.m.
Smog (1962)
Directed by Franco Rossi

Director Franco Rossi offers an atmospheric meditation on the pervasive alienation and class systems inherent to American life in the sprawling City of Angels, as seen through the outsider perspectives of a visiting Italian attorney (Enrico Maria Salerno) and a small circle of Italian expats. Notable sequences prominently feature midcentury modern landmarks, including Los Angeles International Airport and the Pierre Koenig-designed Stahl Residence.

Production: Titanus, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Director: Franco Rossi. Screenwriter: Franco Rossi, Pasquale Festa Campanile, Massimo Franciosa, Ugo Guerra. Cinematographer: Ted McCord. Editor: Aldo Capuano. Composer: Piero Umiliani. With: Enrico Maria Salerno, Annie Girardot, Renato Salvatori, Max Showalter, Susan Mueller.

88 min.

Preceded by:
NEWS OF THE DAY, VOL. 27, NO. 207—Excerpt: ”Los Angeles Seeks Remedy as Record Smog Covers City” (1955)
Motorcyclists don gas masks and city workers prepare emergency road barricades for possible street closures as air pollution in Los Angeles reaches extreme danger levels.

Digital Video, b/w, 2 min.

IN PERSON: Harry Gamboa Jr. (Keynote Speaker), Jan-Christopher Horak, Rani Singh.

Funding provided by UCLA Moving Image Archive Studies, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and the UCLA Department of Film, Television and Digital Media.


More Info: UCLA Film & Television Archive Website


November 13, 2015
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM


Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States
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