Escape the Heat and Explore the Themes of Brotherhood During "Brother to Brother: Sunday Afternoon Double Features at the Clark" Free Film Series

For Immediate Release

May 31, 2006

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute presents the free film series “Brother to Brother: Sunday Afternoon Double Features at the Clark” in celebration of the special summer exhibition The Clark Brothers Collect: Impressionist and Early Modern Paintings. Escape the heat this summer and relax in the Clark’s auditorium on five selected Sundays celebrating the theme of brotherhood. The series begins on Sunday, June 18 with the theme of “Brothers of Kazan” featuring two films by Elia Kazan: On the Waterfront at 1:30 pm and East of Eden at 4 pm.

In addition to the fraternal theme, the pairing of these two films by Academy Award-winning director Kazan is a doubly appropriate start to the series, as Kazan was a Williams College alumnus and because these films were made around the time the Clark was founded in 1955.

In On the Waterfront (1954, 108 minutes) Marlon Brando and Rod Steiger are brothers who each work in their own way - boxer and fixer - for mob boss Lee J. Cobb in Kazan's and Budd Schulberg's masterful portrayal of life on the New York City docks. Eva Marie Saint leads Brando into honorable opposition to union corruption. On the Waterfront earned eight Academy Awards, for Kazan and Brando, as well as writer Schulberg, cinematographer Boris Kaufman, and supporting actress Saint. Steiger, Cobb, and Karl Malden were all nominated for best supporting actor.

Kazan followed On the Waterfront with East of Eden (1955, 115 minutes), an intense adaptation of John Steinbeck's retelling of the Cain and Abel story in California farm country. James Dean debuts impressively as Cal, the son desperately seeking the love and attention of his father Adam played by Raymond Massey. Richard Davalos fills the role of Aron, Cal’s brother, and Jo Van Fleet as the mother, won an Oscar for best actress in a supporting role.

This series will explore the tangled fraternal relationship in films that range from the comic to the tragic, from classic to contemporary, from fiction to fact. Presented in pairs, what each film has in common, beyond skilled direction and strong performances, is riveting attention to this powerful sibling bond. The series continues on July 9 with the theme of “Brothers Under Care” featuring What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993, 118 minutes) and Rain Man (1988, 133 minutes). “Brothers in Fury” will be explored on July 23 with Raging Bull (1980, 129 minutes) and American History X (1998, 119 minutes). Big Night (1995, 108 minutes) and Adaptation (2002, 115 minutes) represent the theme of “Brothers at Work” on August 13. Rounding out the series on August 27 will be Brother’s Keeper (1992, 104 minutes) and Capturing the Friedmans (2003, 108 minutes) for “Brothers Documented.”

Featuring over 70 paintings, The Clark Brothers Collect: Impressionist and Early Modern Paintings will be the first exhibition to unite the masterpieces collected by Sterling – works by Renoir, Monet, Degas, Homer and Sargent, and more – with those collected by his brother Stephen, including paintings by Cézanne, Hopper, Van Gogh, Matisse and Picasso. The exhibition will examine the brothers’ collecting and how they helped to define the changing taste for Impressionist and Early Modern art in the first half of the 20th century.

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

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