Free Film Series Crosses the Channel Beginning November 3 at the Clark

For Immediate Release

October 24, 2006

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s fall film series begins with a French accent as Gene Kelly dances as An American in Paris, Audrey Hepburn shines as a fashion ingénue in Paris, and Mandy Patinkin sings as George Seurat. The series, “Crossing Channels: Music and Art into Film” held at 4 pm on selected Fridays through December, celebrates song and dance transformed through art and design into film, with examples from both sides of the English Channel, offering six ways of looking at musical performance and spectacle. The films are free and held in the auditorium.

In An American in Paris (1951, 114 min., not rated) on November 3, Vincent Minnelli directs Gene Kelly as Jerry Mulligan, the archetypal painter in a garret, singing and dancing to Gershwin. Leslie Caron, as Lise Bouvier, and Kelly are remembered for the famous climatic ballet production set against backdrops derived from a variety of French painters. This musical swept the 1951 Academy Awards with six Oscars, and garnered numerous other awards and nominations.

Don’t miss Funny Face (1957, 103 min., unrated) on November 10 when Fred Astaire, playing Dick Avery, discovers Audrey Hepburn, as Jo Stockton, and whisks her to Paris for a fashion shoot. Accompanied by George Gershwin’s scoreand Hepburn’s Paris wardrobe designed by Hubert de Givenchy, this film is a dazzling swirl of color and sound directed by Stanley Donen.

Sunday in the Park with George (1986, 146 min., not rated) will show on November 17. The film is Stephen Sondheim’s Pulitzer-winning Broadway musical about the creation of painter George Seurat’s masterpiece, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, and the importance of connecting the dots. It was filmed for television and stars Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters.

December films include The Tales of Hoffmann (1951, 127 min., not rated) on December 1, Topsy-Turvy (1999, 160 min., rated R) on December 15, and A Hard Day’s Night (1964, 85 min., rated G) on December 22.

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 June 1 through October 31 is $10 for adults, free for children 18 and under, 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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