Free Screenings of What's Eating Gilbert Grape and Rain Man at the Clark July 9

For Immediate Release

June 22, 2006

Escape the heat this summer and relax in the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s air-conditioned auditorium on selected Sundays when the Clark offers free screenings of films on the theme of brotherhood. “Brother to Brother: Sunday Afternoon Double Features at the Clark” related to this summer’s special exhibition The Clark Brothers Collect: Impressionist and Early Modern Paintings. The series continues on Sunday, July 9 with the theme of “Brothers Under Care” featuring What’s Eating Gilbert Grape at 1:30 pm and Rain Man at 4 pm.

Lasse Hallstrom's What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993, 118 minutes) gives a whimsical but poignant look at life and love in an Iowa farm town. Johnny Depp cares for his disabled brother Leonardo DiCaprio, as well as two sisters and an obese shut-in mother, while dreaming of escape with the free spirited Juliette Lewis.

Dustin Hoffman is the autistic savant taken in tow by unscrupulous brother Tom Cruise in Barry Levinson's Oscar-winning film Rain Man (1988, 133 min.). Cruise, who's only looking to claim an inheritance, learns more than he bargains for on a road trip with his special sibling.

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, exploring the theme of “Brothers in Fury” 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 is 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 examines 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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