"Country House Capers" Film Series Resumes November 2

For Immediate Release

October 24, 2003

The Clark Art Institute's fall film series, "Country House Capers," will resume on Sunday, November 2, at 2 p.m. In November, the series will feature movies set in country houses in France, in connection with the exhibition Édouard Baldus: Landscape and Leisure in Early French Photography. The November 1 film will be Marcel Pagnol's 1991 film, My Father's Glory. The film, in French with English subtitles, is a memoir of growing up in the summertime Provencal countryside. Admission is free.

Remaining films in the series will be: 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.

The film series is 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. The exhibition, on view through December 28, 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, are reunited for the first time in the exhibition, along with 50 photographs highlighting the best of French photography of the 1850s.

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. For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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