Introductory Films

The Norton Simon Museum presents daily showings of two special films, "The Art of Norton Simon" and "Sister Wendy at the Norton Simon Museum", both of which are shown in the Norton Simon Museum’s Theater, a state-of-the-art screening venue.

Entrance to the films is free with Museum admission.

Film Showtimes
The Art of Norton Simon The 30-minute film plays each afternoon at 12:30, 2:30 and 4:30, with an additional showing at 6:30 on Friday evenings without special events.
Sister Wendy at the Norton Simon Museum The hour-long presentation is divided into three 20-minute programs which play each afternoon at 1:15, 3:15 and 5:15, with an additional showing at 7:15 on Friday evenings without special events.

Norton SimonThe Art of Norton Simon: Awarded "The Chris" at the 48th Annual Columbus International Film & Video Festival and The Gold Award for Arts/Culture at the Worldfest-Houston Festival, "The Art of Norton Simon" is a 30-minute documentary film by Charles and Davis Guggenheim. Narrated by the late Gregory Peck, the film recounts Norton Simon’s extraordinary success in business and his interest in art, both of which facilitated his becoming one of the world’s preeminent art collectors. Using archival photographs and film taken from private sources, Davis Guggenheim tells the story of Simon’s life through the recollections of the people who knew him best. Also available for sale in the Museum Store.

Davis Guggenheim, Director. Charles Guggenheim, Producer. Gregory Peck, Narrator. Grace Guggenheim, Executive Producer. Erich Roland, Director of Photography. Michael Back, Original Score. Commentary by Angie Boaz, Tom Brokaw, Christopher Burge, Fred Dutton, Ed Goldstein, Tessa Helfet, Ben Heller, Selma Holo, David Mahoney, David Nash, Dr. Pratapaditya Pal, Dr. Michael Phelps, and others.

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Sister Wendy at the Norton Simon MuseumSister Wendy at the Norton Simon Museum: The Museum is pleased to present a video by Sister Wendy Beckett, author of more than fifteen books and the host of numerous BBC television programs about art. As in her previous work, Sister Wendy brings the Museum’s collection alive with her knowledge, unique style of story telling and endearing wit. She claims "...whenever Simon speaks about art you’ve got to listen, because he had a wonderful eye." The same could be said of her. All three 20-minute episodes have been compiled into an hour-long feature now showing in the Theater. Should you wish to own your own copy of this insightful and entertaining compilation, it can be purchased at the Museum Store.

Written and presented by Sister Wendy Beckett. David Willcock, Director. Robert Carlyle Alexander, Editor. Philip Bonham-Carter, Photographer. Simon Wilson, Sound. Toby Langton-Gilks, Original Score. Spire Films Ltd.

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