French Film Series Continues April 6 with Godard's Le Petit Soldat

For Immediate Release

March 21, 2003

The Clark Art Institute's film series "France in Algeria, Algeria in France" will continue on Sunday, April 6, at 2 pm. The Clark will screen Jean-Luc Godard's 1960 film, Le Petit Soldat. The film was banned in France upon its original release for its provocative political themes. Le Petit Soldat brings the Algerian War home to France, shows murder and torture on both sides of the fight, and explores the complexity of French responses to the war. Admission is free.

The film series offered in connection with the exhibition Renoir and Algeria is presented on alternate Sundays at 2 pm. Upcoming films will be: Overseas (1990, 96 minutes) on April 20; and Wild Reeds on May 4 (1994, 110 minutes).

The Clark's great painting Mlle. Fleury in Algerian Costume by Pierre-Auguste Renoir is the centerpiece of Renoir and Algeria, the first exhibition devoted to the Impressionist artist's Algerian subjects. The show features studio paintings done in Paris as well as landscapes, portraits, and images of life in Algeria inspired by Renoir's trips in 1881 and 1882.
The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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