Free Anime Film Series at the Clark in November

For Immediate Release

October 21, 2008

Anime, as Japanese animation is usually called, is an immense presence in the culture of Japan, with a global reach as well. During the film series “Anime for Grown-ups: The Art of Japanese Animation,” the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will examine anime not from the perspective of genre expectations, but through the work of directors who speak in the international language of film. Films are free and held on Saturdays in November at 1 pm (Japanese with English subtitles) and 3 pm (dubbed American version).

November 1 - Porco Rosso  (1992, 94 min., rated PG)

Oscar winner Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away) directed Porco Rosso explicitly for adults. Like Casablanca meets Only Angels Have Wings, it tells of a World War I flying ace, reduced to bounty hunting against air pirates over the Adriatic while the Fascists come to power in 1920s Italy—and oh, incidentally, he’s turned into the Crimson Pig of the title.

November 8 - Whisper of the Heart (1995, 111 min., rated PG)

For Whisper of the Heart, a thoroughly charming tale of adolescent romance and a bright young girl’s search for self, Hayao Miyazaki wrote the script but gave the direction to heir apparent Yoshifumi Kondo. If you liked Juno, you will love this winning story of a brash schoolgirl finding both a boyfriend and a calling in life.

November 15 - Grave of the Fireflies  (1988, 88 min., rated PG-13)

Directed by Isao Takahata, Hayao Miyazaki’s longtime collaborator, Grave of the Fireflies is a sensitive, harrowing film that depicts the impact of war on children, warranting comparison to all-time classic Forbidden Games. An orphaned boy and his younger sister, struggling for survival in the aftermath of the World War II firebombing of Japan, find evanescent beauty in a terminal landscape.

November 22 - Tokyo Godfathers (2004, 92 min., rated PG-13)

Satoshi Kon, a young director to watch, transposes John Ford’s Western Three Godfathers to the underbelly of modern-day Tokyo, with three tramps—an alcoholic, a transvestite, and a teen runaway—finding a baby on Christmas Eve, and encountering comic adventures in their heartwarming attempt to return the child to its mother.

November 29 - Paprika  (2006, 90 min., rated R)

Paprika is the therapeutic avatar of a powerful woman psychiatrist, partnered with a blubbery nerd genius who has invented a machine that allows physical entry into the dreams of subjects, a dangerous weapon in the hands of the unscrupulous and power-mad.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is free November 1 through May 31. Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. For more info., call 413-458-2303 or visit


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