‘The British Raj between Page and Screen’ Film Series

Date: May 4, 2018 - May 25, 2018
Release Date: March 1, 2018

 ‘The British Raj between Page and Screen’ Film Series

Pasadena, CA—The Norton Simon Museum presents a series of films that portray life in India during the period of colonial rule known as the British Raj (1858–1947). Based on novels and short stories in English, Hindi-Urdu and Bengali that were published before 1947, these films examine the legacy of the Raj from the vantage point of an independent India.

Kim (1950), NR
Directed by Victor Saville
Friday, May 4, 5:30–7:25 p.m.
During the British Raj, the orphan (Dean Stockwell) of a British soldier poses as a Hindu and is torn between his loyalty to a Buddhist mystic (Errol Flynn) and aiding the English secret service. The film is based on the novel Kim by Rudyard Kipling, first published in book form in 1901.

Shatranj Ke Khilari (The Chess Players) (1977), NR
Directed by Satyajit Ray
Friday, May 11, 5:30–7:40 p.m.
In this movie set in 1856, shortly before the first Indian struggle for independence, Wajid Ali Shah is portrayed as an indifferent ruler who composes poems and listens to music, while British general James Outram (Sir Richard Attenborough) arrives on a secret mission to clear the way for the British. Meanwhile, two noblemen obsessively play endless games of chess, ignoring the situation that unfolds around them. The film is based on the short story Shatranj Ke Khilari by Munshi Premchand, published in Hindi and Urdu in 1924. In Hindi/Urdu and English with English subtitles.

The River (1951), NR
Directed by Jean Renoir
Friday, May 18, 5:30–7:10 p.m.
Director Jean Renoir’s entrancing first color feature—shot entirely on location in India—is a visual tour de force. The film eloquently contrasts the growing pains of three young women with the immutability of the Ganges River, around which their daily lives unfold. The River gracefully explores the fragile connections between transitory emotions and everlasting creation. The film is based on the novel The River by Rumer Godden, published in 1946.

Ghare Baire (The Home and the World) (1984), NR
Directed by Satyajit Ray
Friday, May 25, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
In 1907, Nikhil (Victor Banerjee)—a wealthy yet enlightened and charitable Bengali landowner—encourages his wife Bimala (Swatilekha Sengupta) to emerge from the traditional female seclusion of purdah and introduces her to his old friend Sandip (Soumitra Chatterjee), a radical leader in the Swadeshi movement. Bimala is deeply affected by Sandip’s revolutionary fervor and experiences a profound political awakening that draws her out of her home and into the tumultuous world of Indian nationalism. The film is based on the novelGhare Baire by Rabindranath Tagore, published in Bengali in 1916. In Bengali with English subtitles.


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. 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.

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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. Two temporary exhibition spaces feature rotating installations of artworks not on permanent display.

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 www.nortonsimon.org. Hours: The Museum is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed on Tuesday. Admission: General admission is $15 for adults and $12 for seniors. Members, students with I.D., and patrons age 18 and under are admitted free of charge. Admission is free for everyone on the first Friday of every month from 5 to 8 p.m. All public programs, unless stated otherwise, are free with admission. The Museum is wheelchair accessible. Parking: Parking is free, and no reservations are necessary. Public Transportation: Pasadena Transit stops directly in front of the Museum. Please visit www.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.                              

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