French Film Series Concludes May 4

For Immediate Release

April 17, 2003

The Clark Art Institute's film series "France in Algeria, Algeria in France" will conclude on Sunday, May 4, at 2:00 p.m. The Clark will screen the 1994 film, Wild Reeds. The film, considered by many critics to be one of the finest French films of the last decade, sees the Algerian War intrude on a French boarding school in 1962. The film is in French with English subtitles. Admission is free.

The film series is offered in connection with the Clark's current exhibition, Renoir and Algeria. The Clark's great painting Mlle. Fleury in Algerian Costume by Pierre-Auguste Renoir is the centerpiece 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. Renoir and Algeria is on view through May 11.

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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