Unknown Fates Film Series
February 1, 2019 - February 22, 2019
Release Date: January 4, 2019
Pasadena, CA—This winter, the Norton Simon Museum presents the film series Unknown Fates. Four distinct films ponder the fate of their complex protagonists and the burning question: will they or won’t they end up together? Films screen every Friday in February and are free with Museum admission. No reservations needed.
Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948), NR
Directed by Max Ophüls
Friday, February 1, 6:00–7:25 p.m.
In early 20th-century Vienna, Stefan Brand (Louis Jourdan) is about to leave the city after he is challenged to a duel that he wants no part of. However, before he can do so, he gets an anonymous love letter that changes his life. Though Stefan is moved by what he reads, he doesn’t realize that it was written by Lisa Berndle (Joan Fontaine), a young woman he has known but disregarded for most of his life. When he finally figures out who his admirer is, it may be too late to prevent a tragedy.
Orpheus (1950), NR
Directed by Jean Cocteau
Friday, February 8, 6:00–7:35 p.m.
Jean Cocteau’s update of the Orpheus myth depicts a famous poet (Jean Marais) scorned by the Left Bank youth, and his love for both his wife Eurydice (Marie Déa) and a mysterious princess (María Casares). Seeking inspiration, the poet follows the princess from the world of the living to the land of the dead. Orpheus’s peerless visual poetry and dreamlike storytelling reveal the legendary Cocteau at the height of his powers. In French with English subtitles.
Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959), NR
Directed by Alain Resnais
Friday, February 15, 6:00–7:30 p.m.
A French actress (Emmanuelle Riva) and a Japanese architect (Eiji Okada) engage in a brief, intense affair in postwar Hiroshima, their consuming mutual fascination impelling them to exorcise their own scarred memories of love and suffering. Hiroshima Mon Amour is a moody masterwork that delicately weaves past and present, personal pain and public anguish. In French and Japanese with English subtitles.
Lonesome (1928), NR
Directed by Paul Fejos
Friday, February 22, 6:00–7:15 p.m.
Two lonely people in the big city meet and enjoy the thrills of an amusement park, only to lose each other in the crowd after spending a great day together. Will they ever see each other again? Lonesome is a lovely, largely silent film with brief talking interludes set in antic Coney Island during the Fourth of July weekend.
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 February 1st 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. 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 nortonsimon.org.
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