The Norton Simon Museum Presents... From Baroque to Braque



Every Wednesday in July, enjoy a tour of the Museum’s renowned French art collection, followed by a film exploring the eras, ideas and styles discussed.

Tours begin at 1:00 p.m. and are limited to 25 participants; please register at the Entrance Gallery no later than 15 minutes prior to the tour. Films begin at 2:00 p.m. and are held in the Theater. No reservations are needed.


Wednesday, July 2, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
Film: Molière (2007), PG-13

Directed by Laurent Tirard
In 1645, the French playwright and actor Jean-Baptiste Poquelin—better known as Molière— mysteriously disappeared for several weeks. This lavish comedy drama imagines a scenario that could explain what may have happened to him. Molière (Romain Duris) is touring the French countryside with his traveling theater company but has yet to be recognized as one of the Continent’s great authors (or achieve significant financial success). When the wealthy Monsieur Jourdain (Fabrice Luchini) offers to cover his debt, so that Molière’s theatrical talents might help Jourdain win the heart of a certain widowed marquise, hilarity ensues.
In French, with English subtitles.

Related Tour: Profoundly Baroque
1:00–2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 9, 2:00–4:30 p.m.
Marie Antoinette (1938), NR
Directed by W. S. Van Dyke and Julien Duvivier

Norma Shearer plays Marie Antoinette, the young Austrian princess imported to marry the man who would become Louis XVI of France. With an opulence exemplifying Hollywood’s Golden Era at its most glamorous, the grandeur and revolutionary fervor of 18th-century France sweeps across the screen. Tyrone Power plays Antoinette’s ardent beloved, John Barrymore is crafty Louis XV and Robert Morley debuts as timid Louis XVI. From ballroom to boudoir to guillotine, Marie Antoinette is a regal romantic adventure.

Related Tour: The Age of Enlightenment: Art of the 18th Century
1:00–2:00 p.m.


Wednesday, July 16, 2:00–3:45 p.m.
French Cancan (1955), NR
Directed by Jean Renoir

Nineteenth-century Paris comes vibrantly alive in Jean Renoir’s exhilarating tale of the opening of the world-renowned Moulin Rouge. Jean Gabin plays the wily impresario Danglard, who makes the cancan all the rage while juggling the love of two beautiful women—an Egyptian belly dancer and a naive working girl turned cancan star. This celebration of life, art and the City of Light (with a cameo by Edith Piaf) is a Technicolor tour de force by a master of modern cinema.
In French, with English subtitles.

Related Tour: A New Vision: Art of the 19th Century
1:00–2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 23, 2:00–3:35 p.m.
Midnight in Paris (2011), PG-13
Directed by Woody Allen
Woody Allen’s beloved romantic comedy stars Owen Wilson as Gil, a screenwriter on vacation with his fiancée (Rachel McAdams) and her family in Paris. One night, Gil steps from modern day into the Paris of the 1920s, enjoying the company of celebrated writers and artists. Night after night he returns to the past, and slowly realizes that a different fate awaits him. Marion Cotillard, Michael Sheen, Kathy Bates and Carla Bruni costar.

Related Tour: The School of Paris 1900–1940: Émigré and French Artists in the City of Light
1:00–2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 30, 2:00–3:20 p.m.
The Aristocats (1970), G
Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman

In the heart of Paris, a kind and eccentric millionairess wills her entire estate to Duchess, her high-society cat, and her three little kittens. Laughs and adventure ensue as the greedy, bumbling butler pulls off the ultimate catnap caper. Now it’s up to the rough-and-tumble alley cat, Thomas O'Malley, and his band of swingin’ jazz cats to save the day.

Related Tour: A Family Tour of the Art of France
1:00–2:00 p.m.