Summer Film & Tour Series: Summer Escapes at the Norton Simon Museum

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Date(s) - Jul 06
2:00 pm

Norton Simon Museum



Enter a gateway this summer through the Museum’s film and tour series. Every Wednesday in July, enjoy a 30-minute tour of the Museum’s renowned art collections, followed by a film exploring natural elements as seen on screen.

Wednesday, July 6, 2:00–4:10 p.m.
Film: Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), NR
Directed by Frank Lloyd
Additional screening: Friday, July 8, 5:30–7:40 p.m.
Fletcher Christian (Clark Gable) is first mate of the infamous HMS Bounty, skippered by Captain William Bligh (Charles Laughton), the cruelest taskmaster on the Seven Seas. During the journey back to England, Bligh’s cruelties become more than Christian can bear; and after the captain indirectly causes the death of the ship’s doctor, the crew stages a mutiny, with Christian in charge. Through sheer force of will, he guides the tiny vessel on a 49-day, 4,000-mile journey to the Dutch East Indies without losing a man.

Related Tour: Searching for Paradise
1:00–1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 13, 2:00–3:40 p.m.
Film: Summer Interlude (1951), NR
Directed by Ingmar Bergman
Additional screening: Friday, July 15, 5:30–7:10 p.m.
Touching on many of the themes that would define the rest of Ingmar Bergman’s legendary career—isolation, performance, the inescapability of the past—this film was a gentle drift toward true mastery. Maj-Britt Nilsson beguiles as an accomplished ballet dancer haunted by her tragic youthful affair with a shy, handsome student (Birger Malmsten). Her memories of the sunny, rocky shores of Stockholm’s outer archipelago mingle with scenes from her gloomy present, most of them set in the dark backstage environs of the theater where she works. In Swedish with English subtitles.

Related Tour: Ebb and Flow
1:00–1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 20, 2:00–3:30 p.m.
Film: Enchanted April (1992), PG
Directed by Mike Newell
Additional screening: Friday, July 22, 5:30–7:00 p.m.
Two cloistered, married English women (Josie Lawrence, Miranda Richardson) impulsively rent an Italian villa and embark upon a vacation without their spouses. They are joined by two other ladies: the high-flown aging widow played by Joan Plowright, and elegant upper-crust beauty played by Polly Walker, whom they’ve never met. Under the spell of an exotic new location, the foursome are in for quite a few life-altering experiences, many of them amusing, and not a few very surprising.

Related Tour: Enchanted
1:00–1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 27, 2:00–3:40 p.m.
Film: The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), PG
Directed by Michael Curtiz and William Keighley
Additional screening: Friday, July 29. 5:30–7:10 p.m.
When King Richard the Lionheart is captured, his scheming brother Prince John (Claude Rains) plots to accede to the throne, to the outrage of Sir Robin of Locksley (Errol Flynn), the bandit king of Sherwood Forest. Rounding up his band of men and eventually winning the support of the lovely Maid Marian (Olivia de Havilland), Robin accuses Prince John of treachery and, when the escaped Richard returns covertly to England, joins forces with the king to prevent Prince John from taking the Crown.

Related Tour: Days of Yore
1:00–1:30 p.m.