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Free Screenings of Raging Bull and American History X at the Clark July 23

For Immediate Release

July 06, 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 with the theme of brotherhood. “Brother to Brother: Sunday Afternoon Double Features at the Clark” relates to this summer’s special exhibition The Clark Brothers Collect: Impressionist and Early Modern Paintings. The series continues on Sunday, July 23 with the theme of “Brothers in Fury” featuring Raging Bull at 1:30 pm and American History X at 4 pm.

Based on the life and career of boxer Jake LaMotta (Robert De Niro), Raging Bull (1980, 129 min.) focuses on LaMotta's rage and violence that makes him virtually unstoppable in the ring. The same anger also drives LaMotta to beat his wife and his brother Joey (Joe Pesci), and sends him down a self-destructive spiral of paranoia and rage. Directed by Martin Scorsese, Raging Bull is frequently cited as the best American film of recent decades. This film is rated R.

In Tony Kaye's American History X (1998, 119 min.), Derek Vinyard (Edward Norton) returns from prison to find his younger brother, Danny (Edward Furlong), caught in the same web of racism and hatred that landed him in prison. After Derek's father is killed in the line of duty by a minority, Derek's view of mankind is altered, but while in prison, he discovers that there is good and bad in every race. The task before him now is to convince Danny of his newfound enlightenment. This film is rated R.

This series explores 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 with Big Night (1995, 108 min.) and Adaptation (2002, 115 min.) representing 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 daily from 10 am to 5 pm (closed Mondays September through June). 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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