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March 20, 2012, 7:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The School of Cinematic Arts and Visions and Voices: The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative invite you and a guest to a special screening in anticipation of the upcoming film festival, A Tribute to Dino De Laurentiis:

La Strada (1954)

Written & Directed by Federico Fellini
Produced by Dino De Laurentiis and Carlo Ponti
Introduced by Italian Department
Professor Margaret (Tita) Rosenthal, Ph.D.

7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

The Ray Stark Family Theatre

George Lucas Building, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

‘4 STARS: Joyous, thrilling, informative and accessible’ EMPIRE
‘4 STARS: some of the world’s best musicians giving flawless renditions of Haydn’s works’ LONDON WEST END EXTRA
‘4 STARS: Quietly inspiring’ THE TIMES
‘4 STARS: Following his excellent films on Mozart and Beethoven, the British documentarist Phil Grabsky completes an admirable trilogy with this riveting study of Haydn’.  THE OBSERVER
‘4 STARS: bracing, refreshing; simply very good indeed’ THE GUARDIAN
‘4 STARS: the film rescues Haydn from any neglect he may previously have suffered’  THE SUNDAY TIMES

About La Strada (1954)

Federico Fellini's neorealist masterpiece about a young woman, Gelsomina (Giulietta Masina), who is sold by her mother to Zampano (Anthony Quinn), an abusive performer who takes Gelsomina on the road (“la strada”) to assist him with his act. Along the way Gelsomina tries to break out of her tortured fate and falls for another performer Il Matto, but she struggles to leave Zampano’s grasp. Producers Dino De Laurentiis and Carlo Ponti received Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film at the 1957 Academy Awards.

35mm print provided courtesy of Janus Films. Rated PG. Running time: 108 minutes. In Italian, with English subtitles.

To read a film analysis of La Strada by the Washington Post, click here.


About Margaret (Tita) Rosenthal, Ph.D.

Margaret (Tita) Rosenthal (Ph.D. in Italian from Yale University) is Professor of Italian literature in the USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. She has spent her whole life immersed in Italian culture. From her birth in Rome to her research on women writers of renaissance Venice, she has made her life work reflect her love of Italy and its rich artistic heritage.

She specializes in Italian women’s social and literary history, with a particular interest in the literary production of sixteenth-century women authors in Venice, Italy and has published numerous chapters and articles on the Venetian courtesan poet, Veronica Franco. She is the author of The Honest Courtesan: Veronica Franco, Citizen and Writer of Sixteenth-Century Venice (1992) which won the Howard R. Marraro Prize from the Modern Language Association of America in 1994 for the best book in Italian Studies. This book was made into the Warner Brothers’ feature film Dangerous Beauty and was released worldwide in 1998. This film has been developed recently into a Broadway-bound musical which premiered at the Pasadena Playhouse in February 2012. For both movie and musical, Professor Rosenthal has offered advice on plot development, characterization and Venetian renaissance culture.

She is also the translator and editor (with Ann R. Jones of Smith College) of Poems and Selected Letters of Veronica Franco (1998). Her most recent book, Clothing of the Renaissance World (Thames and Hudson, 2008), is a translation from Italian into English of Cesare Vecellio’s hugely influential 1590 costume book which focuses on the clothing worn in the western world.

She is the recipient of numerous research grants including the Gladys Krieble Delmas Summer Fellowship (1987); USC Faculty Research and Innovation Fund (1987); National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Fellowship (1988); American Council of Learned Studies (1989); USC Faculty Recognition Award for Research (1995); Zumberge Faculty Research and Innovation Fund (1996); Maggie Pexton Murray Grant, Doris Stein Center, LACMA (1996); College Awards for Research Fellowship, USC (1997); and the Renaissance Society of America Research Grant (1999). For her commitment to undergraduate teaching she was awarded a number of teaching prizes including the highest prize for teaching recognized in the College, the USC Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2007.

About A Tribute to Dino De Laurentiis

Hollywood icon and international legend Dino De Laurentiis was one of the most prolific and respected producers in film history when he passed away in 2010 at the age of 91. From his early neorealist masterpieces, Bitter Rice and Fellini’s Nights of Cabiria and La Strada, for which he received an Academy Award, to big-budget spectaculars like Barbarella, King Kong, Dune and Conan the Barbarian, to his recent reinvention of the Hannibal Lecter franchise, De Laurentiis’s career spanned 73 years in the film industry. With the support and guidance of the De Laurentiis family, the School of Cinematic Arts will pay homage to the exceptional variety and longevity that marked his career with screenings of his films and a panel discussion featuring his friends, family and colleagues.


The festival will take place from Friday, March 30th - Sunday, April 1st, 2012 in Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall.

To view the calendar of screenings, visit

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $8.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in outdoor Lot M or V, or Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Please note that Parking Structure D cannot accommodate tall vehicles such as SUVs. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

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