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Archive Treasures-SMOG


Archive Treasures is dedicated to showcasing works from the UCLA Film & Television Archive's extensive collection of moving image media, the largest university-based collection of its kind in the world. The series will present deserving or overlooked gems in original and restored prints, in their full glory on the big screen—the way they were meant to be seen.

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Monday April 7th at 7:30PM

SMOG (1962, Italy)
Directed by Franco Rossi
Franco Rossi directed this rarely screened film about an Italian attorney and his brief encounter with the City of Angels. With a whole day to kill before his connecting flight to Mexico City, Vittorio heads for Hollywood, but feels lost amidst the lack of cafes and other pedestrians. He soon meets Italian ex-pat Mario (Renato Salvatori), who makes ends meet by teaching Italian to Beverly Hills housewives, while dreaming of striking oil in Culver City. Mario introduces him to the pretty Gabriella (Annie Girardot), who creates ambient music systems for art galleries and swimming pools. Gabriella's dream is to buy the glamorous glass-walled pad she's house-sitting in the Hollywood Hills (Pierre Koenig's Stahl House). With forays into swanky Hollywood cocktail parties, a diner, bar and bowling alley, SMOG is a fun and fascinating time capsule of mid-century Los Angeles.

Cast: Enrico Maria Salerno, Annie Girardot, Renato Salvatori. Presented in Italian dialogue with English subtitles. 35mm, 88 min.



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