Clark Art Institute to Present Four Restored Classic Films in Friday Afternoon Series

For Immediate Release

April 07, 2000

This April, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will show four classic films that have been recently restored, enhanced, and released on DVD.

The film series "A Criterion of Excellence: Grand Old Films in a Grand New Look" will be shown using the Clark auditorium's new, high-quality digital projector.

The series begins on Friday, April 14, at 4:00 p.m., with a screening of Grand Illusion (1938, 114 minutes, French with subtitles), Jean Renoir's masterpiece about World War I and the passing of the old order. Carl Dreyer's 1928 silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc, accompanied by a newly recorded soundtrack featuring the vocal group Anonymous 4, will be shown on Friday, April 21, at 4:00 p.m.

Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai (1954, 207 minutes, Japanese with subtitles) will be shown on Friday, April 28, at 3:30 p.m. The series will end on Friday, May 5, at 4:00 p.m. with Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ (1988, 164 minutes). All four films are free and open to the public.

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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