Josef von Sternberg in Hollywood Film Series

Date: May 5, 2017 - May 26, 2017
Release Date: February 8, 2017

The Norton Simon Museum Presents
‘Josef von Sternberg in Hollywood’ Film Series

Four acclaimed films by the German director to screen every Friday in May


Pasadena, CA—In conjunction with the exhibition Maven of Modernism: Galka Scheyer in California, the Norton Simon Museum presents a selection of films by director and art collector Josef von Sternberg. Von Sternberg, who jointly sponsored four Blue Four exhibitions in Los Angeles with Galka Scheyer in the 1930s, was just one of many celebrities and collectors in her circle. All of the films featured in this series were produced in the 1930s in Los Angeles and star Marlene Dietrich, another of Scheyer’s friends. Films screen every Friday in May at 6:00 p.m. and are free with general admission. All films are in English.

Von Sternberg MoroccoMorocco (1930), NR
Friday, May 5, 6:00–7:30 p.m.
At a smoky cabaret in Morocco, Légionnaire Tom Brown (Gary Cooper) meets café entertainer Amy Jolly (Marlene Dietrich). A woman with a checkered past, Jolly toys with the callow Brown, but eventually falls hopelessly in love with him.

Von Sternberg The Blue AngelThe Blue Angel (1930)
, NR
Friday, May 12, 6:00–7:45 p.m.
Elderly professor Immanuel Rath’s (Emil Jannings) ordered life spins dangerously out of control when he falls for Lola Lola (Dietrich), a singer and dancer at the Blue Angel nightclub.

Von Sternberg X 27Dishonored (1931)
, NR
Friday, May 19, 6:00–7:30 p.m.
Marie Kolverer (Dietrich), a Viennese prostitute, offers her services as a spy during World War I. As “Agent X27,” she proves invaluable to her superiors, seducing and betraying enemy officers with the greatest of ease. But when she falls in love with Russian spy Col. Kranau (Victor McLaglen), she must face the consequences of her actions.

Von Sternberg Shanghai ExpressShanghai Express (1932), NR
Friday, May 26, 6:00–7:20 p.m.
While traveling on a train from Peking to Shanghai, a notorious prostitute named Shanghai Lily (Dietrich) runs into a former flame (Clive Brook) who is being held hostage and whom she could intervene to save.


: 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. For more information, call (626) 449-6840 or visit

WHERE: Norton Simon Museum| 411 West Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena; located on the corner of Colorado and Orange Grove Boulevards at the intersection of the Foothill (210) and Ventura (134) freeways |Parking at the Norton Simon Museum is free.

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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