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Special Images Screening of Amadeus to Kick Off Clark Film Series

For Immediate Release

June 12, 2002

The Clark Art Institute's summer film series "Projections of Vienna" will begin with a special screening of Amadeus on Friday, June 21, at 4:00 p.m., at Images Cinema in Williamstown. The 1984 Academy Award-winning film, directed by Milos Forman, stars F. Murray Abraham and Tom Hulce. Regular Images ticket prices apply. Clark members or visitors presenting an admission button from the Clark will be admitted free.

The Clark film series will be offered every Friday at 4:00 p.m. throughout Gustav Klimt Landscapes and the other Vienna Project exhibitions on view at the Clark through September 2. The series looks at the capital of Austria from a variety of angles-musical, comedic, historical, romantic-and mixes classics of world cinema with popular movies from the silent film era to today. With the exception of Amadeus, all films will be shown in the Clark auditorium free of charge. Following each of the first four films, moviegoers are invited to visit the Clark's Viennese Biergarten, which will offer authentic Austrian and German beer, food, wine, and live music from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on June 21, June 28, July 5, and July 12.

Amadeus begins a group of films examining the musical geniuses of Vienna. On June 28, Gary Oldman stars as Beethoven in Immortal Beloved (1994, 121 minutes). Directed by Bernard Rose, the film also stars Isabella Rossellini. Robert Powell starts in Mahler (1974, 110 minutes), directed by Ken Russell, on July 5.

The 1938 film The Great Waltz (102 minutes), to be shown on July 12, is the first of two popular musicals in the series. On July 19, Billy Wilder's The Emperor Waltz (1948, 106 minutes) stars Bing Crosby and Joan Fontaine.

"Love Viennese style" is the focus of the French film La Ronde (1951, 97 minutes) on July 26 and the Erich von Stroheim silent film The Wedding March (1928, 113 minutes) on August 2.

Archdukes are the subjects of the next two films. Charles Boyer portrays Rudolf in Mayerling (1936, 95 minutes, French with subtitles) on August 9, and Ferdinand is central to the German film Colonel Redl (1984, 114 minutes) on August 16.

The film series ends with looks at postwar and postmodern Vienna. The 1949 classic The Third Man (104 minutes), starring Orson Welles, will be screened on August 23. On August 30, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy star as "Generation X" lovers in Before Sunrise (1994, 101 minutes).

The film series is offered in connection with four exhibitions celebrating the art and architecture of Vienna: Gustav Klimt Landscapes, Josef Hoffmann: Homes of the Wittgensteins, Bernardo Bellotto: Views of Imperial Vienna, and Otto Wagner: The Academy of Fine Arts.  The Clark's Vienna exhibitions and film series are part of "The Vienna Project," a six-month series of exhibitions, programs, and special events celebrating the rich and vibrant art and culture of Vienna in the beautiful setting of the Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts.  For more information on "The Vienna Project" visit www.berkshirearts.org.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free through May.  For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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