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Clark Free Film Series

12:00AM / Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Williamstown - From the cleverness of Jacques Feyder's "Carnival in Flanders" to Gérard Depardieu's flamboyant "Cyrano de Bergerac," a variety of serious and humorous themes will be explored during the remaining films in the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute's winter film series.

The series explores life in the time of Claude Lorrain, the artist featured in the current special exhibition "Claude Lorrain-The Painter as Draftsman: Drawings from the British Museum" on view through April 29. Films are free and held on selected Fridays at 4 pm.

In "Carnival in Flanders" (La Kermesse Heroique) (1935, 115 min., not rated), on April 6, director Jacques Feyder emulates Bruegel with the story of a Flemish town invaded by the Spanish in which the women try a novel form of homeland defense. This classic film is a sex farce with a cautionary political twist.

"Cyrano de Bergerac" (1990, 138 min., rated PG) will be shown on April 13. Gérard Depardieu burst to stardom as Cyrano in this highly acclaimed film. This Oscar-winning version of the Rostand play is directed by Jean-Paul Rappeneau and lavishly orchestrated with a feel for the period, the poetry, and the characters.

"All the Mornings of the World" (Tout les Matins du Monde) (1992, 115 min., not rated), on April 20, concludes the film series. In Alain Corneau's film, Gérard Depardieu plays Marin Marais, a court composer at Versailles. Depardieu's son, Guillaume, plays Marais in his youth; the seductive student of another musician, the reclusive Sainte-Colombe.

Extraordinarily rendered and moving landscapes by the 17th-century French artist Claude Lorrain (1604/5-1682) are on view during Claude Lorrain - The Painter as Draftsman: Drawings from the British Museum.

In this exhibition, explore the naturalistic, classic landscape by the artist who invented it. Claude changed how people viewed the natural world and influenced landscape artists for generations to follow. The exhibition features 90 drawings and etchings from the incomparable collection of the British Museum. The works on paper are joined by 13 oil paintings from international public museum collections. From preparatory sketches to final oil paintings, the exhibition comprehensively reveals the artist's vision of nature as it explores his working process.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown.

The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday from 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 younger, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu
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