Summer film series debuts at Benton

Earlier this month, the Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College announced its first ever summer film series. Films will be shown on select Thursdays of the month beginning at 8:30 p.m. and galleries will stay open until 10 p.m. during movie nights.

Residents are invited to bring blankets, chairs and snacks to watch some of the “greatest films ever made with topics related to our current exhibitions.”

This month’s films include the following, Hiroshima mon amour (1959) on June 9, Rashomon (1950) on June 16, and Persepolis (2007) on June 23.

According to Criterion Collection, Rashomon is “A riveting psychological thriller that investigates the nature of truth and the meaning of justice” and “is widely considered one of the greatest films ever made. This eloquent masterwork and international sensation revolutionized film language and introduced Japanese cinema to the Western world.”

Rashomon has a content warning as it contains depictions of sexual assault.

According to Rotten Tomatoes, Persepolis is “Based on Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel about her life in pre- and post-revolutionary Iran and then in Europe. The film traces Satrapi’s growth from child to rebellious, punk-loving teenager in Iran. Persepolis is an emotionally powerful, dramatically enthralling autobiographical gem, and the film’s simple black-and-white images are effective and bold.”

Films for July will be announced each month.

The Benton Museum of Art is located at 120 West Bonita Ave., in Claremont. For more information about the series, visit, call (909) 621-8283, or email


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