America's Cinematic Landscape Explored in Clark Film Series

For Immediate Release

February 11, 2005

To highlight the current exhibition A Walk in the Country: Inness in the Berkshires, the Clark is presenting a film series called "A Hop-Skip-&-Jump Across America: In Search of the Cinematic Landscape."  The series features films in which landscape is a defining element.    Offered Fridays at 4 pm, it will resume on February 25, with the first of three films that focus on America's heartland. Admission is free.

The film for February 25 is Days of Heaven (1978, 95 minutes), directed by Terrence Malick.   Starring Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, and Sam Shepard, this film depicts both the beauty and the hardship of farming on the Great Plains in the early 1900s.  A Depression-era documentary by Pare Lorentz, The Plow That Broke the Plains (1936, 25 minutes) will be shown afterwards.

On March 4, Louisiana Story (1948, 79 minutes) explores bayou country in mid-century, through the eyes of a young boy and the lens of Robert Flaherty, grand old master of the documentary form.  The River (1937, 31 minutes), another documentary short by Pare Lorenz, will precede the feature.

On March 11, the heartland tour reaches the present day with The Straight Story (1999, 112 minutes), directed by David Lynch.  This touching film features Richard Farnsworth as an elderly man driving his lawnmower across the wide green expanse of Iowa to reconcile with his estranged brother.

After a three-week hiatus, the series will move west, when it continues with 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 exhibition, A Walk in the Country: Inness and the Berkshires is on view through April 17.  The exhibition of 15 paintings marks the first time the Berkshire subjects of the prominent 19th century artist George Inness have been examined together.

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

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