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Clark Art Institute's Free Film Series Asks "How Far Near East?"

For Immediate Release

June 27, 2000

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA, (June 27, 2000) - In connection with the summer exhibition Noble Dreams, Wicked Pleasures: Orientalism in America, 1870-1930, which includes clips from The Sheik and other silent movies, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will offer the film series, "How Far the Near East: Imperial Tales, Indigenous Views." "Imperial Tales," featuring American and British films about the Near and Middle East, will be shown on Sundays at 4:30 p.m. from July 2 through August 27. "Indigenous Views" presents films from the Islamic World, including from the acclaimed New Iranian Cinema, on Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. from July 5 through August 30. All screenings are free and open to the public.

The schedule for "Imperial Tales" (Sundays at 4:30 p.m.) is:
July 2: Algiers (1938, 96 minutes)
July 9: Morocco (1930, 92 minutes)
July 16: Son of the Sheik (1926, 62 minutes)
July 23: The Thief of Bagdad (1940, 106 minutes)
July 30: The Four Feathers (1939, 99 minutes)
August 6: The Wind and the Lion (1975, 120 minutes)
August 13: The Man Who Would Be King (1975, 129 minutes)
August 20: The Sheltering Sky (1990, 139 minutes)
August 27: Hideous Kinky (1998, 98 minutes)

The schedule for "Indigenous Views" (Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m.) is:
July 5: Battle of Algiers (1966, 125 minutes, subtitled)
July 12: The Silences of the Palace (1994, 127 minutes, subtitled)
July 19: Once Upon a Time, Cinema (1992, 100 minutes, subtitled)
July 26: Arabian Nights (1974, 133 minutes, subtitled; not appropriate for children due to nudity, sexual situations)
August 2: Taste of Cherry (1997, 95 minutes, subtitled)
August 9: The White Balloon (1995, 85 minutes, subtitled)
August 16: Destiny (1997, 135 minutes, subtitled)
August 23: Gabbeh (1996, 75 minutes, subtitled)
August 30: Wedding in Galilee (1987, 113 minutes, subtitled)

All the above films will be screened in the Clark auditorium via digital projection. Videotapes and DVDs of the films are available for purchase at the Clark Museum Shop during museum hours.

In addition, the Clark is partnering with Images Cinema to present special screenings of David Lean's 1962 masterpiece Lawrence of Arabia on Friday, July 14, at 5:00 p.m., Saturday, July 15, at noon, and Sunday, July 16, at noon. Regular Images Cinema admission fees apply; Clark members receive Images member rates for these screenings.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free through May.  For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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