When L.A. Grew Up: Galka Scheyer’s Hollywood on the Eve of World War II

Date: July 7, 2017 - July 28, 2017
Release Date: May 24, 2017

Pasadena, CA—Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Maven of Modernism: Galka Scheyer in California, critic David Kipen organizes a film series that charts the years between Hollywood’s 1930s embrace of European exiles and its eventual engagement in the battle against fascism. This retrospective includes all-star Shakespeare by way of Berlin, an anniversary screening of a landmark Spanish Civil War documentary, a classic Paris-set romantic comedy and, finally, a thriller about an assassination that might have stopped a world war. Angelenos by choice, Scheyer’s fellow émigrés helped make them all. 

Each film begins with an introduction by Kipen at 5:15 p.m.

Film Summer 600x601Friday, July 7, 5:15–7:45 p.m.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1935), NR
Directed by Max Reinhardt and William Dieterle
Max Reinhardt’s legendary Hollywood Bowl production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream was adapted for the screen by Warner Bros. This classic Shakespeare play tells of a mystical and comedic experience in the forest, where romantic entanglements are resolved through the mischief of fairies. Starring James Cagney (Bottom), Mickey Rooney (Puck), Olivia de Havilland (Hermia), Dick Powell (Lysander) and Billy Barty (Mustard-Seed), this adaptation includes music by Felix Mendelssohn, arranged by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.

Film SpanishEarth 600x601Friday, July 14, 5:15–6:30 p.m.

The Spanish Earth (1937), NR
Directed by Joris Ivens
Eighty years ago, the documentary The Spanish Earth, narrated by Orson Welles and featuring war heroine Dolores Ibárruri, “La Pasionaria,” showed the struggle of the Spanish Republican government against a rebellion by ultra-right-wing forces led by General Francisco Franco and backed by Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. Written by Ernest Hemingway and John Dos Passos. Music arranged by Virgil Thomson and Marc Blitzstein.

Film Ninotchka 600x601Friday, July 21, 5:15–7:20 p.m.

Ninotchka (1939), NR
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch
A no-nonsense diplomat of the Soviet Union, Nina Ivanovna “Ninotchka” Yakushova (Greta Garbo) arrives in Paris to ensure the sale of jewels seized during the Russian Revolution. Meanwhile, carefree bachelor Count Leon d’Algout (Melvyn Douglas) attempts to intercept the valuables on behalf of their former owner, the Grand Duchess Swana (Ina Claire). Despite their conflicting allegiances, the icy Ninotchka soon warms to Leon’s charms, reluctantly going against her better judgment.

Film ManHunt 600x601Friday, July 28, 5:15–7:15 p.m.

Man Hunt (1941), NR
Directed by Fritz Lang
Renowned big-game hunter Captain Thorndike (Walter Pidgeon) is hunting in the Bavarian forest when he stumbles upon Adolf Hitler’s vacation residence. Tempted by the idea of assassinating the dictator, he’s apprehended and beaten before escaping and stowing away on a steamship back to England. Onboard, Thorndike has his identity stolen by the smooth-talking con man Mr. Jones (John Carradine). Both men soon discover that Gestapo agents are swarming London, looking for the would-be assassin.

Photo credits: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Warner Bros. Pictures/Photofest, © Warner Bros.; The Spanish Earth, Amkino/Photofest, © Amkino Corporation; Ninotchka, MGM/Photofest, © MGM, Photographer: Milton Brown; Man Hunt, 20th Century Fox/Photofest, © 20th Century Fox

: 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 www.nortonsimon.org.

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 nortonsimon.org. 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 http://pasadenatransit.net 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 www.metro.net for schedules. Planning your Visit: For up-to-date information on our guidelines and protocols, please visit nortonsimon.org/visit.

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