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French Film Series Continues March 23 with Battle Of Algiers

For Immediate Release

March 12, 2003

The Clark Art Institute's film series "France in Algeria, Algeria in France" will continue on Sunday, March 23, at 2:00 p.m. The Clark will screen the 1966 classic, Battle of Algiers. Director Gillo Pontecorvo uses quasi-documentary techniques to portray the 1954 Algerian uprisings against French rule. The 120-minute film will be shown in French and Arabic with English subtitles. Admission is free.

The film series offered in connection with the exhibition Renoir and Algeria is presented on alternate Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Upcoming films will be: Le Petit Soldat (1960, 88 minutes) on April 6; Overseas (1990, 96 minutes) on April 20; and Wild Reeds on May 4 (1994, 110 minutes).

The Clark's great painting Mlle. Fleury in Algerian Costume by Pierre-Auguste Renoir is the centerpiece of Renoir and Algeria, the first exhibition devoted to the Impressionist artist's Algerian subjects. The show features studio paintings done in Paris as well as landscapes, portraits, and images of life in Algeria inspired by Renoir's trips in 1881 and 1882.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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