Dance in the Aisles During Free Screenings of The Tales Of Hoffmann, Topsy-Turvy, and A Hard Day’s Night at the Clark in December

For Immediate Release

November 20, 2006

From Gilbert & Sullivan to the Beatles, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s fall film series will have the audience singing and dancing in the aisles. The series “Crossing Channels: Music and Art into Film,” held at 4 pm on selected Fridays through December, celebrates song and dance transformed through art and design into film, with examples from both sides of the English Channel, offering different ways of looking at musical performance and spectacle. The films are free and held in the auditorium.

First to the Clark’s big screen is The Tales of Hoffmann (1951, 127 min., not rated) on December 1. This film version of the opera of the same title stars Robert Rounseville as Hoffmann. Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, this lavishly designed performance of Jacques Offenbach’s operetta is a follow-up to The Red Shoes.

Don’t miss Topsy-Turvy (1999, 160 min., rated R) on December 15. Mike Leigh imagines Gilbert & Sullivan in full Victorian magnificence, creating The Mikado and mounting a sumptuous, if bedeviled, production. This Oscar-winning film stars Jim Broadbent and Allan Corduner.

Get up and dance to the rock & roll comedy adventure A Hard Day’s Night (1964, 85 min., rated G) on December 22. Forty-odd years ago the Beatles burst on the scene to transform popular music, and Richard Lester’s film captures the Fab Four at the peak of their anarchic energy.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is free November through May. Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and under, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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