For Immediate Release
November 15, 2023


Presentation is fifth installment in Manton Film Series: Great British Films

Williamstown, Massachusetts—On Thursday, December 7, the Clark Art Institute continues its series of British films honoring the birthplace of Sir Edwin Manton during its Manton Research Center building’s fiftieth anniversary. The Clark shows Lawrence of Arabia at 6 pm in its auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.

A colossal epic about the World War I Arab revolt, Lawrence of Arabia centers on a strange and fascinating performance from then-unknown Peter O’Toole as British officer and archaeologist T.E. Lawrence. One stunning set piece follows another: the entrance of Sherif Ali (Omar Sharif) through a mirage, then the capture of the town of Aqaba and the attack on a Turkish train. Robert Bolt and Michael Wilson’s script asks searching questions about identity and loyalty. The ultimately grim view of British intervention in Arab affairs remains all too relevant. (Run time: 3 hours, 42 minutes)

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The next screening in the Manton Film Series: Great British Films is Secrets and Lies on Thursday, December 14 at 6 pm in the Clark’s auditorium.

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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