Museum Presents the Film Series 'Meeting Death: Conversations with Mortality'

Date: October 20, 2017 - November 11, 2017
Release Date: September 20, 2017

Pasadena, CA—Presented in conjunction with the exhibition RIP: On Art and Mourning, the Norton Simon Museum presents a film series exploring different encounters with death, from the physical to the metaphorical. The series begins on Friday, October 20 at 5:30 p.m. and runs four consecutive Fridays. Films are free with admission and seating is on a first come, first served basis. Information can be found at

Film DevilandDW 600x601The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941), NR
Directed by William Deiterle
Friday, October 20, 5:30–7:15 p.m.

Jabez Stone (James Craig) is a hard-working farmer trying to make an honest living, but a streak of bad luck tempts him to do the unthinkable: bargain with the Devil himself. For seven years of good fortune, Stone promises “Mr. Scratch” (Walter Huston) his soul when the contract ends. When the troubled farmer begins to realize the error of his choice, he enlists the aid of the one man who might save him: the legendary orator and politician Daniel Webster (Edward Arnold).

Film Ikiru 600x600Ikiru (1952), NR
Directed by Akira Kurosawa
Friday, October 27, 5:30–7:55 p.m.

After learning that his stomach cancer has left him with less than a year to live, a Tokyo bureaucrat (Takashi Shimura) struggles to reconcile with his impending death and begins looking for ways to make his remaining days meaningful.

Film Heaven 600x600Heaven Can Wait
(1943), NR

Directed by Ernst Lubitsch
Friday, November 3, 5:30–7:20 p.m.

Deceased playboy Henry Van Cleve (Don Ameche) presents himself to the outer offices of Hades, where he asks a bemused Satan, His Excellency (Laird Cregar), for permission to enter the gates of hell. Henry proceeds to recount a lifetime of wooing and pursuing women, his long, happy marriage to Martha (Gene Tierney) notwithstanding.

Film SeventhSeal 600x600The Seventh Seal (1957), NR
Directed by Ingmar Bergman
Friday, November 10, 5:30–7:00 p.m.

Disillusioned and exhausted after a decade of battling in the Crusades, a knight (Max von Sydow) encounters Death (Bengt Ekerot) on a desolate beach and challenges him to a fateful game of chess. Much studied, imitated, even parodied, but never outdone, this is a stunning allegory of humankind’s search for meaning.

IMAGE CREDITS: The Devil and Daniel Webster, RKO Radio Pictures, Inc./Photofest, © RKO Radio Pictures Inc., Ikiru, © Janus Films; Heaven Can Wait, 20th Century Fox/Photofest, © 20th Century Fox; The Seventh Seal, © Janus Films.

ADMISSION: All screenings are free with Museum admission. Admission is $12.00 for adults; $9.00 for seniors; and free for Museum members, students with I.D., and everyone age 18 and under.

About the Norton Simon Museum

The Norton Simon Museum is known around the world as one of the most remarkable private art collections ever assembled. Over a 30-year period, industrialist Norton Simon (1907–1993) amassed an astonishing collection of European art from the Renaissance to the 20th century, and a stellar collection of South and Southeast Asian art spanning 2,000 years. Modern and Contemporary Art from Europe and the United States, acquired by the former Pasadena Art Museum, also occupies an important place in the Museum’s collections. The Museum houses more than 12,000 objects, roughly 1,000 of which are on view in the galleries and gardens.

Location: The Norton Simon Museum is located at 411 W. Colorado Blvd. at Orange Grove Boulevard in Pasadena, Calif., at the intersection of the Foothill (210) and Ventura (134) freeways. For general Museum information, please call (626) 449-6840 or visit Hours: The Museum is open Thursday through Monday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Friday and Saturday to 7 p.m.).  It is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. Admission: General admission is $20 for adults and $15 for seniors. Members, students with I.D., and patrons age 18 and under are admitted free of charge. The first Friday of the month from 4 to 7 p.m. is free to all. The Museum is wheelchair accessible. Parking: Parking is free but limited, and no reservations are necessary. Public Transportation: Pasadena Transit stops directly in front of the Museum. Please visit for schedules. The MTA bus line #180/181 stops in front of the Museum. The Memorial Park Station on the MTA Gold Line, the closest Metro Rail station to the Museum, is located at 125 E. Holly St. at Arroyo Parkway. Please visit for schedules. Planning your Visit: For up-to-date information on our guidelines and protocols, please visit

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