Adventures in Exploration Film Series at The Clark Kicks Off with The Man Who Would Be King

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June 19, 2012

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WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—On Monday, July 2, at 3:00 pm, the free Adventures in Exploration film series at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute kicks off with a screening of the film adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Man Who Would Be King (1975, 129 min.). Sean Connery and Michael Caine portray two rogue British soldiers in the Indian Army who venture into “Kafiristan” (part of present-day Afghanistan), where one of them becomes king. Roger Ebert raved about this film: “It’s been a long time since there’s been an escapist entertainment quite this unabashed and thrilling and fun.”

The film begins with a seemingly crazed derelict named Peachy Carnahan (Michael Caine) arriving at the office of an editor named Kipling (Christopher Plummer). During the visit, Peachy begins to relate a fantastical story about how he and his companion Daniel Dravot (Sean Connery) conspired together to pass Danny off as a descendent of Alexander the Great in the remote city of Kafiristan in eastern Afghanistan. Their grand schemes begin to unravel before their eyes, however, and the story culminates in tragedy. The Man Who Would Be King was nominated for four Academy Awards in 1975.

The Clark’s Adventures in Exploration film series invites viewers to travel with intrepid explorers to the four corners of the world and encounter native cultures in exotic locales. All films are screened on Mondays at 3:00 pm during the month of July; admission is free. The series begins with The Man Who Would Be King on July 2, continues with Mountains of the Moon on July 9 and Fitzcarraldo on July 16, and concludes with Black Robe on July 23.

The Films

The Man Who Would Be King (1975, 129 min.)
Monday, July 2, 3:00 pm
John Huston’s thrilling adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s novella stars Sean Connery and Michael Caine as rogue British soldiers who venture into darkest “Kafiristan,” which has not been conquered since Alexander the Great.

Mountains of the Moon (1990, 140 min.)
Monday, July 9, 3:00 pm
Bob Rafelson follows Victorian explorers Capt. Richard Francis Burton and Lt. John Hanning Speke (Patrick Bergin and Iain Glen) as they search for the source of the Nile. Rafelson tracks the story of how Burton and Speke meet, as well as the friendship and challenges that ensue.

Fitzcarraldo (1982, 158 min., German with subtitles)
Monday, July 16, 3:00 pm
A mad explorer played by Klaus Kinski drags a river boat over a mountain in order to build an opera house in the Amazon jungle. Directed by Werner Herzog and based on a true story about the Peruvian robber baron Carlos Fitzcarraldo.

Black Robe (1991, 100 min.)
Monday, July 23, 3:00 pm
In the 17th century, two French Jesuits travel through Quebec to claim the land for France and the souls of Algonquin and Huron Indians for God. Directed by Bruce Beresford and winner of the Genie Award for Best Canadian Film.

About the Clark

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences. Together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open daily in July and August (open Tuesday through Sunday from September through June), 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31; free November through May; and free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413 458 2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

Calendar Listing
July 2: The Clark’s free Adventures in Exploration film series, screened every Monday in July at 3:00 pm, kicks off with a film adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Man Who Would Be King (1975, 129 min.). Sean Connery and Michael Caine portray two rogue British soldiers in the Indian Army who venture into “Kafiristan” (part of present-day Afghanistan), where one of them poses as a descendent of Alexander the Great and becomes king. Roger Ebert raved about this film: “It’s been a long time since there’s been an escapist entertainment quite this unabashed and thrilling and fun.” The Adventures in Exploration film series invites viewers to travel with intrepid explorers to the four corners of the world and encounter native cultures in exotic locales. The series begins with The Man Who Would Be King on July 2, continues with Mountains of the Moon on July 9 and Fitzcarraldo on July 16, and concludes with Black Robe on July 23. All films are screened at 3:00 pm at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute; admission is free. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu.

CONTACT:
Sally Morse Majewski
The Clark
413 458 0588
smajewski@clarkart.edu

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