The Clark's Film Series Travels across America's Cinematic Landscape

For Immediate Release

January 06, 2005

Inspired by the Berkshire landscapes featured in the upcoming exhibition, A Walk in the Country: Inness and the Berkshires, the Clark will offer the film series "A Hop-Skip-&-Jump Across America: In Search of the Cinematic Landscape." Films in which the landscape plays in important role will be featured on selected Fridays at 4 p.m., beginning January 14. Admission is free.

The first three films will focus on the Eastern United States. The January 14 film, Black Robe (1991, 101 minutes), depicts a Jesuit mission to the Huron Indians in 1634. Bruce Beresford directs the adaptation of Brian Moore's novel.

On January 21, Gregory Peck and Jane Wyman star in The Yearling (1946, 128 minutes), directed by Clarence Brown. The classic family story of a young boy's love for a fawn is sent in post-Civil War Florida.
All That Heaven Allows (1955, 89 minutes) will be shown on January 28. The suburban melodrama directed by Douglas Sirk stars Rock Hudson as a landscape gardener who wins the heart of New England widow Jane Wyman.

The series will take a few weeks off and resume with films set in the heartland: Days of Heaven on February 25; Louisiana Story on March 4; and The Straight Story on March 11.

The final three films will feature the West: Once Upon a Time in the West on April 8; The Last Picture Show on April 15; and Thelma and Louise on April 22.

The series is offered in connection with the exhibition A Walk in the Country: Inness and the Berkshires, which opens February 6. The exhibition of fourteen paintings marks the first time the Berkshire subjects of the prominent 19th-century artist George Inness have been examined.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5p.m. Gallery admission is free through May. For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit

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