'Lessons Learned' Film Series

Date: October 19, 2018 - November 9, 2018
Release Date: September 5, 2018

'Lessons Learned' Film Series

Pasadena, CA—This fall, the Norton Simon Museum presents the film series Lessons Learned: Teachers and Students on Film exploring the relationships between students and teachers. Spanning decades and continents, the stories portrayed in these films delve into the unique and transformative role that teachers play in their students’ lives—and sometimes the unexpected ways in which students influence their teachers. Films are free with Museum admission.

The Browning Version (1951), NR
Directed by Anthony Asquith
Friday, October 19, 5:30–7:00 p.m.
Andrew Crocker-Harris (Michael Redgrave) is an embittered, middle-aged schoolmaster who begins to feel that his life has been a failure. Diminished by poor health, a crumbling marriage and the derision of his pupils, the once-brilliant scholar is compelled to reexamine his life when a young student offers an unexpected gesture of kindness. A heartbreaking story of remorse and atonement, The Browning Version is a classic of British realism.

Picnic at Hanging Rock (1976), PG
Directed by Peter Weir
Friday, October 26, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
In the early 1900s, Miranda (Anne Lambert) attends a girls’ boarding school in Australia. One Valentine’s Day, the school’s typically strict headmistress (Rachel Roberts) treats the girls to a picnic field trip to an unusual but scenic volcanic formation called Hanging Rock. Disobeying the rules, Miranda and several other girls venture off. It’s not until the end of the day that the faculty realizes that the girls and one of the teachers (Vivean Gray) have disappeared.

Madadayo (1993), NR
Directed by Akira Kurosawa
Friday, November 2, 5:30–7:45 p.m.
In 1943, as the tide of war shifts against Japan, Professor Hyakken Uchida (Tatsuo Matsumura) leaves his teaching position to begin his career as a writer. With the warm wishes of his students, he sets out to start anew. His former students decide to visit the professor to thank him for all the good he has done as their dutiful teacher. Madadayo is composed of distinct episodes based on Uchida’s writings that illustrate the affection and loyalty felt between Uchida and his students.

To Sir, with Love (1967), NR
Directed by James Clavell
Friday, November 9, 5:30–7:15 p.m.
American Mark Thackeray (Sidney Poitier) recently received his degree in engineering but cannot find work. To make ends meet, he takes a job as a teacher in a rough school in the East End of London, populated mostly with troublemakers who were rejected from other schools for their behavior. While the students at first see Thackeray as just another teacher to ridicule and bully, his calm demeanor and his desire to see them succeed gradually earn him their respect.

ADMISSION: All screenings are free with Museum admission. Admission is $15.00 for adults; $12.00 for seniors; and free for Museum members, students with I.D., and everyone age 18 and under. Admission on November 2nd is free as part of the Museum’s Free First Friday’s program, where there is no entry charge from 5:00–8:00 pm. 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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