Free Screenings of Big Night and Adaptation on August 13 at the Clark

For Immediate Release

July 26, 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, August 13 with the theme of “Brothers at Work” featuring Big Night at 1:30 pm and Adaptation at 4 pm.

At 1:30 pm, Big Night (1995, 108 min.), directed by Campbell Scott and Stanley Tucci, tells the tale of Primo (Tony Shalhoub) and Secondo (Tucci), two brothers who have emigrated from Italy to open an Italian restaurant in America. Primo is the irascible and gifted chef, brilliant in his culinary genius, but determined not to squander his talent on making the routine dishes that customers expect. Secondo is the smooth front man, trying to keep the restaurant financially afloat, despite few patrons other than a poor artist who pays with his paintings. The brothers gamble on one special night to try to save the business hoping that in love and life, one big night can change everything. This film is rated R.

Adaptation (2002, 115 min.), the Oscar winning film directed by Spike Jonze, will show at 4 pm. It is an account of screenwriter Charlie Kaufman's (Nicolas Cage) attempt to adapt Susan Orlean's (Meryl Streep) non-fiction book The Orchid Thief, which is the story of John Laroche (Chris Cooper), a plant dealer who clones rare orchids then sells them to collectors. The audience witnesses the action of the book while watching Kaufman struggle to adapt it into a movie. 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. Rounding out the series on August 27 will be Brother’s Keeper (1992, 104 minutes) and Capturing the Friedmans (2003, 108 minutes) for the theme of “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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