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screening > Smog (1962) directed by Franco Rossi


The new restoration of Smog (1962) directed by Franco Rossi, makes its L.A. debut at the annual UCLA Film & Television Archive Festival of Preservation at the Billy Wilder Theater (Hammer Museum). Introduction by Luca Celada, HFPA and Francesca Santovetti, professor of Italian Studies at the New England Conservancy of Music.

In Smog, an Italian attorney (Enrico Maria Salerno) has time to kill on a layover in L.A. and happens upon a community of expatriate Italians who provide him an impromptu tour of the city. To capture mid-century Los Angeles, Rossi shot at 80 different locations, filming in and around some of the city’s most iconic architectural landmarks, including the Theme Building at LAX, the Stahl House by Pierre Koenig, the Triponent House by Bernard Judge, the oil fields of Baldwin Hills and the Pacific Coast Highway.  The film is a fascinating mid-century time capsule and an outsider’s view of the ever-evolving California city.

Smog was restored by the Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna and the UCLA Film & Television Archive in collaboration with Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc., with funding provided by the Golden Globe Foundation.

Smog. 1962. Italy. Directed by Franco Rossi. Screenplay by Franco Rossi, Pier Maria Pasinetti, Gian Domenico Giagni, Franco Brusati, Pasquale Festa Campanile, Massimo Franciosa, Ugo Guerra. With Enrico Maria Salerno, Annie Girardot, Renato Salvatori. In Italian with English subtitles, 101′



April 7 2024  | 8:30 pm
📍 UCLA Billy Wilder Theater
Admission is free. No advance reservations. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis.
Hammer Museum members will have reserved seating available at the box office.
The box office opens one hour before the first program of the day.
  • Organized by: UCLA Film & Television Archive
  • In collaboration with: Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles