Everyday, the Norton Simon screens “The Art of Norton Simon” and “Sister Wendy at the Norton Simon” at least thirty-seven times. They have a really nice theater, the kind it would be really cool to see the new True Grit in. Since that’s unlikely to happen for a good 50 years or more, we’d happily settle for the occasional screening of something not starring Sister Wendy (not that she isn’t a dynamic presence). As it turns out, we’re going to settle very happily indeed, as the Museum is showing an old movie (‘40s and ‘50s) every Saturday this month.
First up is Song of Bernadette, which is about a mid-19th century adolescent French peasant who has a vision of “a beautiful lady” in the city dump. She never says so, but the townspeople all assume the beautiful lady is Mary. Unlike another famous French peasant girl to claim divine visions, Bernadette is met with a fair amount of skepticism and resistance. Vincent Price (playing himself*) accuses her of insanity, and so on. Jennifer Jones won an Oscar for her portrayal of Bernadette. Attending the screening will be Robert Walker, Jr., the late Jones’ son. Should be an uproariously good time. Seriously.
*Alas, he actually plays the town prosecutor.
Song of Bernadette at the Norton Simon
Saturday, October 9, 2 – 5 p.m.
The Norton Simon, 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
Free with admission; nortonsimon.org; 626.449.6840.