The Clark Concludes 'Homericana' Film Series with 1987 Film The Whales of August
For Immediate Release
August 15, 2013
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—On Monday, August 26 at 3 pm, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute concludes its “Homericana” film series, which celebrates films that complement the Clark’s current exhibition Winslow Homer: Making Art, Making History, with the 1987 film The Whales of August. The screening is free to the public.
The Whales of August follows the relationship of two elderly sisters who return to their family’s summer home in Maine after many years apart. The two sisters, played by Bette Davis and Lillian Gish, reflect on their relationship and their lives while attempting to heal the rift that has grown between them. The film, directed by Lindsay Anderson, was made on location on Cliff Island, Maine, just a few miles north of Prout’s Neck, where Winslow Homer created some of his best-known paintings.
The film is also notable for being Lillian Gish’s final film. Gish was one of the best known names in early American cinema, due in large part to her role in D.W. Griffiths’ The Birth of a Nation, one of the most important—and controversial—films in the history of cinema. Gish starred in dozens of feature films throughout her eighty-year long career, earning her the moniker “The First Lady of American Cinema.”
Bette Davis had a career nearly as long as Gish’s, and was featured in films such as the seminal Now, Voyager (1942). Though both women were titans of American cinema, The Whales of August was the first time they appeared together on screen.
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