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The Clark Presents the Free Toil of the Soil Film Series

For Immediate Release

July 21, 2011

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—In conjunction with the Clark's Pissarro's People exhibition, the free Toil of the Soil Film: Films of Peasant and Yoeman film series looks at the politics of rural labor. Films are screened on Mondays in August at 2:00 pm, beginning with Jean de Florette on August 1, and continuing with Farrebique on August 8, Pelle the Conqueror on August 15, The Tree of Wooden Clogs on August 22, and Days of Heaven on August 29.

The Films

Jean de Florette (1986, 121 min., in French with subtitles)
Monday, August 1 at 2:00 pm
In Claude Berri’s harsh, lovely, and engrossing drama Jean de Florette, starring Gérard Depardieu, a man inherits a farm in Provence and tries to make a go of scientific cultivation, while a canny old villager schemes to drive him off the land.

Farrebique (1947, 85 min., in French with subtitles)
Monday, August 8 at 2:00 pm
Georges Rouquier’s beautifully staged documentary Farrebique follows a year in the life of a family of peasants on a French farm just after the Second World War, in timeless images that recall Pissarro’s rural themes. 

Pelle the Conqueror (1987, 150 min., in Swedish with subtitles)
Monday, August 15 at 2:00 pm
Max von Sydow is monumental and heartbreaking as the peasant hero of Bille August’s classic film, Pelle the Conqueror, a poignant story depicting the emigrant's life of hardship and toil in 1900s Sweden and Denmark. Winner of the 1989 Academy Award® for Best Foreign Film.

The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978, 185 min., in Italian with subtitles)
Monday, August 22 at 2:00 pm
Ermanno Olmi’s epic saga, The Tree of Wooden Clogs, follows four peasant families who live and work on an estate in Lombardy, Italy, around 1900. Haunting and transcendently beautiful, this dreamlike and patiently observed masterpiece is among the greatest films ever made.

Days of Heaven (1978, 95 min.)
Monday, August 29 at 2:00 pm
Winner of the Academy Award® for Best Cinematography, Days of Heaven is Terrence Malick’s intense vision of pre-World War I farming on the Great Plains. Richard Gere and Brooke Adams journey from the steel mills of Chicago to the wheat fields of Texas, where they labor for landowner Sam Shepard.

The Clark presents a new exploration of Impressionist master Camille Pissarro this summer in Pissarro’s People. Bringing together paintings from collections around the world, the exhibition challenges our understanding of the father of Impressionism by focusing on Pissarro's engagement with the human figure in a highly personal and poignant exploration of his humanism. Pissarro’s People is on view through October 2. This exhibition was organized by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. It is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

The Clark

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 $15 June 1 through October 31. Admission is free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413 458 2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

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In conjunction with the Clark's Pissarro's People exhibition, the free Toil of the Soil Film: Films of Peasant and Yoeman film series looks at the politics of rural labor. Films are screened on Mondays in August at 2:00 pm, beginning with Jean de Florette on August 1, and continuing with Farrebique on August 8, Pelle the Conqueror on August 15, The Tree of Wooden Clogs on August 22, and Days of Heaven on August 29. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu.

Contact: 
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