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This is the City: Symposium Opening Night

Smog (1962)
November 13, 2015 - 7:30 pm
Harry Gamboa Jr., Jan-Christopher Horak, Chon Noriega, Rani Singh.

Screening preceded by guest speakers, including symposium keynote address, "Forever/Never on a Smoggy Day," by Harry Gamboa Jr. 

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Smog  (Italy, 1962)

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.

35mm, b/w, in Italian with English subtitles, 88 min.  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.

Preceded by

Preserved by UCLA Film & Television Archive.

News of the Day—Excerpt: "Los Angeles Seeks Remedy as Record Smog Covers City"

1955, Vol. 27, No. 207

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.