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Clint Eastwood Stars as an Art History Professor/International Assassin in The Eiger Sanction on October 29 at the Clark

For Immediate Release

October 13, 2006

The majesty and terror of the Alps form the backdrop for Clint Eastwood’s film The Eiger Sanction, (1975, 123 minutes). Catch a free screening of this action thriller on Sunday, October 29 at 2 pm at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Eastwood filmed the Alps, and Swiss landscape artist Alexandre Calame painted them. Alpine Views: Alexandre Calame and the Swiss Landscape is on view through December 31 at the Clark.

Eastwood (who also directed) stars as Dr. Jonathan Hemlock, art history professor/international assassin, assigned by the mysterious Yurasis Dragon to "sanction" a nemesis during a climb of the Eiger's notorious north face in the Alps. Join the Clark’s own “art historian,” senior curator Richard Rand, for a special screening of this underrated Eastwood classic. Based on the spoof-spy novel by Trevanian, the film offers thrilling shots of the Alps and a rising score by John Williams. The film is rated R.

Following the film, from 4:30 to 5:30 pm, sumptuous delights featuring Toblerone chocolate, prepared by local celebrity chefs, will make the “Chocolate Challenge” at the Clark a mouthwatering cocoa extravaganza. A public taste test will determine one of the two winners and local food critics and editors will select the other winner of the chocolate cook-off. Admission to the “Chocolate Challenge” is free, however space is limited.

Rugged and stunning landscapes of the Swiss Alps, never before the subject of an exhibition in the United States, will be on view during Alpine Views. The exhibition brings together 26 sensuous paintings and sketches by Calame, and places them in the context of the 19th-century landscape tradition. His works are shown alongside 27 of those of his contemporaries offering a rare opportunity to explore the development of the often-overlooked yet significant Swiss school of landscape painting. Alpine Views, sponsored by Toblerone, is on view through December 31.

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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