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'Widescreen Wonders' Series Continues at the Clark with Free Screening of The Deer Hunter

For Immediate Release

February 13, 2013

Williamstown, MA—As part of its ongoing “Widescreen Wonders” film series, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute presents a free screening of The Deer Hunter (1978, 182 minutes) on Saturday, February 23 at 2 pm.

Director Michael Cimino follows Sgt. Mike Vronsky (Robert DiNiro), Cpl. Nick Chevotarevich (Christopher Walken), and Cpl. Steven Pushkov (John Savage) as they depart their working-class town for the quagmire of Vietnam, leaving wives and girlfriends behind—including including Meryl Streep as Linda, Nick’s fiancée—but returning with five Oscars.

In perhaps the most famous and controversial scene, De Niro, Walken, and Savage are tied up in bamboo cages erected along the River Kwai as part of a gruesome game of Russian roulette. Real rats and mosquitoes were used in filming the memorable sequence.

The film quickly garnered acclaim. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film four stars and called it “one of the most emotionally shattering films ever made.” It remains one of the most popular movies of all time and was ranked fifty-third on the American Film Institute’s tenth anniversary edition of its “100 Years…100 Movies” list, released in 2007.

“Widescreen Wonders” is a free series of Saturday afternoon matinees celebrating the biggest and best of popular classic movies, while showcasing the Clark’s HD projection capacity. All the films in the series boast super-widescreen aspect ratios (2.20:1 or more) and numerous Academy Awards, including “Best Picture.” Experience the scope of epic moviemaking in this festival of the big screen.

About the Clark

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences. Together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history. The Clark receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open daily in July and August (open Tuesday through Sunday from September through June), 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31; free November through May; and free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.

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Press contact:

Amanda Powers
apowers@clarkart.edu
413 458 0471

 

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'Widescreen Wonders' at the Clark: The Deer Hunter

February 23
2 pm

As part of its ongoing “Widescreen Wonders” film series, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute presents a free screening of The Deer Hunter (1978, 182 minutes) on Saturday, February 23 at 2 pm.

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