Free Two-Day Screening of The Best Of Youth on Saturday and Sunday, September 9 and 10 at the Clark

For Immediate Release

August 29, 2006

Over the weekend of September 9 and 10, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will offer a unique screening of the award-winning Italian family epic The Best of Youth (2003, 366 minutes, in Italian with subtitles). Emotionally deep and socially complex, beautifully rendered in every detail, this six-hour epic will be presented in two parts over a weekend with the first half at 1 pm on Saturday and the second half at 1 pm on Sunday. Admission to the film is free and a special selection of Italian-themed food will be available for purchase in the Clark’s courtyard on these days.

The Best of Youth (La Meglio Gioventù) was originally made for Italian television, but was barred from telecast and subsequently released as a feature film. After limited theatrical screenings in the U.S. it was rated Best Film of 2005 by A.O. Scott of The New York Times. The film, directed by Marco Tullio Giordana, follows two brothers, their family and friends, through four decades of Italian history, forward from the 1966 flood in Florence, with passages in Turin, Rome, Sicily and Tuscany. Brothers Nicola and Matteo, who differ not only in their personalities but also on politics, are inextricably linked by the turbulent world around them. The film is rated R.

Upcoming films at the Clark include the action thriller The Eiger Sanction starring Clint Eastwood. With a setting in the Alps, this film relates to the fall exhibition Alpine Views: Alexandre Calame and the Swiss Landscape. Enjoy An American in Paris, Sunday in the Park with George, The Tales of Hoffmann, Topsy Turvy, and A Hard Day’s Night, as part of the Crossing Channels: Music and Art into Film series beginning in November on selected Fridays at 4 pm. This fall the “Fellows’ Favorites Films” series resumes with Clark Fellows selecting and introducing a film for which they have a particular fondness. Scheduled films in this series, held on selected Thursdays at 7:30 pm starting in October, include Boudu Saved from Drowning, News From Home, The Comfort of Strangers, and Next of Kin. Admission to all of these films is free.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission June 1 through October 31 is $10 for adults, 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 www.clarkart.edu.

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