For Immediate Release
February 6, 2023


Williamstown, Massachusetts—In celebration of the 1973 opening year of its Manton Research Center building, the Clark Art Institute presents five film screenings as part of its Manton 50 Anniversary Film Series: Films of 1973. This series features some of the great cinematic highlights of a remarkable year. The Clark presents Amarcord on March 2, Day for Night on March 16, Love and Anarchy on March 30, Don’t Look Now on April 6, and Badlands on May 11. All screenings are free and begin at 6 pm in the Clark’s auditorium.

March 2 
Federico Fellini recreates his hometown of Rimini in Cinecittà’s studios and renders daily life as a circus of social rituals, adolescent desires, male fantasies, and political deception. Fellini affectionately evokes a vanished world haloed with the glow of memory, satirizing a country stultified by fascism. (1973; 2 hours, 3 minutes)

Day for Night 
March 16 
This affectionate farce from François Truffaut details the joys and strife of moviemaking. Truffaut himself appears as the harried director of a frivolous melodrama, the shooting of which is plagued by the whims of a neurotic actor, an aging but forceful Italian diva, and a British ingenue haunted by personal scandal. Day for Night (1973; 1 hour, 56 minutes) is anchored by robust performances by Jacqueline Bisset and Jean-Pierre Aumont.

Love and Anarchy 
March 30 
A tragicomedy from director Lina Wertmuller, Love and Anarchy (1973; 2 hours, 2 minutes) plumbs the depths of fascist Italy from the perspective of a simple farm boy sent to kill Mussolini. Love and Anarchy is a powerful statement on the terror of fascism and the ignoble fates of those who challenge it.

Don’t Look Now 
April 6 
Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie mesmerize as a married couple on an extended trip to Venice following a family tragedy. While in Venice, they have a series of inexplicable, terrifying, and increasingly dangerous experi­ences. Don’t Look Now (1973; 1 hour, 50 minutes), adapted from a story by Daphne du Maurier, is a brilliantly disturbing tale of the supernatural.

May 11 
Badlands (1973; 1 hour, 34 minutes) announced the arrival of a major talent: director Terrence Malick. His impressionistic take on the Charles Starkweather killing spree of the late 1950s uses a serial-killer narrative as a springboard for an oblique teenage romance, lovingly and idiosyncratically enacted by Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek. The film’s debut spawned countless imitations, but none have equaled its strange sublimity.

All screenings are free; no registration is required. For more information, visit

The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, consisting of some 300,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.

The Clark, which has a three-star rating in the Michelin Green Guide, is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Its 140-acre campus includes miles of hiking and walking trails through woodlands and meadows, providing an exceptional experience of art in nature. Galleries are open 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Sunday, from September through June, and daily in July and August. Admission is free January through March and is $20 from March through December; admission is free year-round for Clark members, all visitors age 21 and under, and students with a valid student ID. Free admission is also available through several programs, including First Sundays Free; a local library pass program; and EBT Card to Culture. For information on these programs and more, visit or call 413 458 2303.

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