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A Tribute to Dino De Laurentiis

March 20, 2012 - April 1, 2012, Varied

Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Pkwy., Los Angeles, CA 90007

The School of Cinematic Arts and Visions and Voices: The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative invite you and a guest to attend

A Tribute to Dino De Laurentiis

Friday, March 30th - Sunday, April 1st, 2012
Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall
3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Panel Discussion on Sunday, April 1st will feature:
Martha De Laurentiis, Raffaella De Laurentiis, Michael Mann, Jonathan Mostow and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Schedule of Events:

Click on individual event titles for the event-specific websites and to Make Reservations.


7:00 PM: Barbarella: Queen of the Galaxy (1968, 98 minutes, Dir: Roger Vadim)

9:00 PM: Conan the Barbarian (1982, 129 minutes, Dir: John Milius)


10:30 AM: Bitter Rice (Riso Amaro, 1949, 108 minutes, Dir: Giuseppe De Santis)

12:30 PM: The Great War (La Grande Guerra, 1959, 137 minutes, Dir: Mario Monicelli)

3:00 PM: Serpico (1973, 130 minutes, Dir: Sidney Lumet)

5:15 PM: Death Wish (1974, 93 minutes, Dir: Michael Winner)

7:00 PM: King Kong (1976, 134 minutes, Dir: John Guillerman)

9:30 PM: Army of Darkness (1992, 81 minutes, Dir: Sam Raimi)


10:00 AM: U-571 (2000, 117 minutes, Dir: Jonathan Mostow)

12:15 PM: Blue Velvet (1986, 120 minutes, Dir: David Lynch)

2:30 PM: Manhunter (1986, 119 minuted, Dir: Michael Mann)

5:00 PM: Panel Discussion with Martha De Laurentiis, Raffaella De Laurentiis, Michael Mann, Jonathan Mostow and Arnold Schwarzenegger

6:15 PM: CATERED RECEPTION in Queen's Courtyard
***Must attend the panel discussion in order to attend the reception. Wristbands will be given out at the check-in desk at the start of the panel.***

7:30 PM: Hannibal (2001, 131 minutes, Dir: Ridley Scott)


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.

About Dino De Laurentiis

Dino De Laurentiis was born in Torre Annunziata, a province of Naples, in 1919. As a teenager he worked as a sales representative for his father, who owned a small pasta factory. But while food would be one of his great loves, his first grand passion was for the cinema.

With the fearlessness and the indefatigable energy that he would be known for his entire life and career, De Laurentiis produced his first movie at the age of 21, L’ultimo Combattimento (1940) and later his first success, Bitter Rice (1949). He would go on to produce countless of films in his homeland in the next three decades, and alongside such figures as Carlo Ponti, Federico Fellini, Vittorio De Sica and Roberto Rossellini, he revitalized Italian cinema, winning accolades and Oscars for films such as La Strada (1956) and Nights of Cabiria (1957).

In 1973, at the age of 54 and with a string of successes that would have satisfied any lesser man, Dino instead chose to begin again in America. It was during this time that he made his mark in Hollywood, with acclaimed films such as The Valachi Papers (1971), Serpico (1973), Death Wish (1974), Three Days of the Condor (1975), The Shootist (1976), Ragtime (1981), Conan the Barbarian (1982), and Blue Velvet (1986). Beside these famous films Dino also became known for such commercial successes and cult favorites as: Barbarella (1968), King Kong (1976), Dune (1984), Flash Gordon (1980) and Manhunter (1986), and worked with such directors as Ridley Scott, David Cronenberg, Sam Raimi, the Wachowski Brothers, Jonathan Mostow and David Lynch. His later films include U-571 (2000), Hannibal (2001), Red Dragon (2002), Hannibal Rising (2007), The Last Legion (2007), and Virgin Territory (2007).

Dino’s career spanned more than seven decades and over 600 movies. He also built film studios: the Dinocitta (Dino’s city) just outside of Rome; Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast of Australia; North Carolina Film Studios (AKA Screen Gem Studios) in Wilmington, North Carolina; and the CLA De Laurentiis Studios in Ouarzazate Morocco. And throughout it all was his indomitable spirit, the same verve and dynamism that would constantly push him “faster, faster; higher, higher.”

Dino died on November 10, 2010 at the age of 91 in his home in Beverly Hills. And earlier on that very day he had a full day of meetings: one for rebooting his favorite character Barbarella, and the other to open Italian restaurants in China.

“I am a man of three ‘Cs:’ Cervello, Cuore, Coglioni.” – Dino De Laurentiis


Check-In & Reservations

All screenings are free of charge and open to the public. RSVPs required.

Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmations, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making RSVPs through this website.

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.

Expect Traffic Delays

Due to the filming of the Kids Choice Awards on Saturday March 31, expect traffic delays on Jefferson Blvd., Figueroa St., and Flower St. between Exposition Blvd. and Jefferson Blvd. on Friday, March 30 - Sunday, April 1st. Please allow extra time to get to screenings.

Important Closures: ALL northbound lanes of Figueroa St. from Exposition Blvd. to Jefferson Blvd. will be closed for the weekend. ALL eastbound lanes of Jefferson Blvd. from Figueroa St. to Flower St. will be closed Saturday and Sunday.

About Visions and Voices: The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative

Visions and Voices is a university-wide arts and humanities initiative that is unparalleled in higher education. The initiative was established by USC President C. L. Max Nikias during his tenure as provost in order to fulfill the goals set forth in USC's strategic plan, to communicate USC's core values to students, and to affirm the human spirit. Emphasizing the university's commitment to interdisciplinary approaches, the initiative features a spectacular array of events conceived and organized by faculty and schools throughout the university. The series includes theatrical productions, music and dance performances, conferences, lectures, film screenings and many other special events both on and off campus. Each program invites students to dialogue and interact with artists, writers, professors and special guests. These interactions provide a dynamic experience of the arts and humanities and encourage active exploration of USC's core values, including freedom of inquiry and expression, team spirit, appreciation of diversity, commitment to serving one's community, entrepreneurial spirit, informed risk-taking, ethical conduct and the search for truth.

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With the generous support and collaboration of the
Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles
A Tribute to Dino De Laurentiis is produced by Alessandro Ago,
Director of Programming, USC School of Cinematic Arts
Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago