New Film Series: “Life’s Banquet: Food in Films”
July 8, 2023 - August 5, 2023
Release Date: June 12, 2023
Pasadena, CA—The Norton Simon Museum is pleased to present a film series organized in conjunction with the exhibition All Consuming: Art and Essence of Food. Filmmaker and educator Joe Petricca has selected five films that explore the many ways that food and drink factor in our lives: as a gesture of social status and wealth; as a dream that immigrants bring to a new country; as a way to share family heritage; to express gratitude; and, of course, as a means of survival.
Held on consecutive Saturday afternoons beginning July 8th in the Museum’s theater. Each film begins with an introduction by Petricca. Free with Museum admission.
Babette’s Feast (1987), G
Directed by Gabriel Axel
Saturday, July 8, 4:30–6:15 p.m.
At once a rousing paean to artistic creation, a delicate evocation of divine grace and the ultimate film about food, the Oscar-winning Babette’s Feast is a deeply beloved treasure of cinema. Directed by Gabriel Axel and adapted from a story by Isak Dinesen, it is the lovingly layered tale of a French housekeeper with a mysterious past who brings quiet revolution in the form of one exquisite meal served to a circle of starkly pious villagers in late 19th-century Denmark. Babette’s Feast combines earthiness and reverence in an indescribably moving depiction of sensual pleasure that goes to your head like fine champagne. In Danish, French and Swedish with English subtitles.
The Last Laugh (1924), NR
Directed by F. W. Murnau
Saturday, July 15, 4:30–6:00 p.m.
One of the crowning achievements of the German Expressionist movement, Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau’s The Last Laugh (Der letzte Mann) stars Emil Jannings as an aging doorman whose happiness crumbles when he is relieved of the duties and uniform that has for years been the foundation of his happiness and pride. Through Jannings’s colossal performance, The Last Laugh becomes more than the plight of a single doorman, but a mournful dramatization of the frustration and anguish of the working class. Silent with English intertitles.
Minari (2020), PG-13
Directed by Lee Isaac Chung
Saturday, July 22, 4:30–6:30 p.m.
A tender and sweeping story about what roots us, Minari follows a Korean-American family that moves to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother. Amid the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozarks, Minari shows the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.
Tortilla Soup (2001), PG-13
Directed by Maria Ripoll
Saturday, July 29, 4:30–6:15 p.m.
Three grown sisters, Maribel, Leticia and Carmen, try to cope and live with the fact that their father Martin, a veteran chef, is slowly losing his sense of taste. Martin has one simple rule: be at home for Sunday dinner. Attendance is mandatory and non-negotiable. A rift in the family develops when the sisters develop relationships and an obnoxious woman sets her sights on Martin’s affections.
The Gleaners and I (2000), NR
Directed by Agnès Varda
Saturday, August 5, 4:30–5:50 p.m.
In this idiosyncratic, self-reflexive documentary, French cinema icon Agnès Varda explores the world of modern-day gleaners: those living on the margins who survive by foraging for what society throws away. By turns playful, philosophical and subtly political, The Gleaners and I is a warmly human reflection on the contradictions of our consumerist world from an artist who, like her subjects, finds unexpected richness where few think to look. In French with English subtitles.
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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.
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