"Country House Capers" Film Series Begins September 28

For Immediate Release

September 11, 2003

This fall, the Clark Art Institute will present the film series "Country House Capers" on Sundays at 2 p.m., beginning September 28. Inspired by the Château de La Faloise, the French country house featured in the fall exhibition Édouard Baldus: Landscape and Leisure in Early French Photography (opening October 4), the films are all set at country houses in England and France. The series will begin on Sunday, September 28, at 2 p.m., with a showing of Barry Lyndon (1975, 185 minutes), directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Ryan O'Neal. Admission to the film is free.

Upcoming films will be: Mansfield Park (1999, 100 minutes) on October 5; Howards End (1992, 143 minutes) on October 12; and Rebecca (1940, 130 minutes) on October 19. The series will skip a week and then resume in November with French films: My Father's Glory (1991, 110 minutes) on November 2; Sunday in the Country (1984, 94 minutes) on November 9; Diary of a Chambermaid (1964, 97 minutes) on November 16; and Rules of the Game (1939, 110 minutes) on November 23.

Édouard Baldus: Landscape and Leisure in Early French Photography explores the work of pioneering French photographer Édouard Baldus (1813-1889). In 1856, Baldus created a series of photographs on the grounds of the Château de La Faloise, featuring the family and friends of château owner Frédéric Bourgeois de Mercey. The nine photographs, most of which exist in only one print, will be reunited for the first time in the exhibition opening at October 4. The exhibition unveils the mystery behind these photographs and explores them in the context of early photographic depictions of country houses and people at leisure.  The exhibition comprises approximately 50 19th-century photographs by Baldus and his contemporaries, including Gustave Le Gray, Charles Nègre, Charles Marville, and Camille Silvy. Édouard Baldus will be on view at the Clark from through December 28.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Gallery admission is $10 (members, students, and 18 and under free) through October 31; admission is free beginning November 1. For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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