Join us at the Clark every Monday in July and August for “Homericana: Films of the Artist’s Times and Places”! This film series includes feature movies set in Homer’s era and an expansive documentary on his life and work. All films are free and open to the public.
- July 1: Glory (1989)
Just in time for the Fourth of July, Edward Zwick’s stirring film follows the 54th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the first black regiment in the Civil War. Glory features Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, and Morgan Freeman. Rated R, 122 min.
- July 8, July 22, August 5, August 19: Winslow Homer: Society and Solitude
This documentary profile by Steven J. Ross follows Winslow Homer from his work as an illustrator in New York before the Civil War all the way into the new century, when he had become a reclusive painter of the Maine coast. The film is an engaging mix of art reproduction, location filming, and interviews with scholars—including Marc Simpson, curator of the Clark’s exhibit. Rated PG, 113 min.
- July 15: Little Women (1994)
Gillian Armstrong’s meticulous adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel of life on the home front before and during the Civil War comes breathtakingly to life. The all-star cast includes Winona Ryder, Claire Danes, and Kirsten Dunst as the March sisters, Susan Sarandon as their mother, and Christian Bale as the boy next door in Concord, Massachusetts. Rated PG, 118 min.
- July 29: The Yearling (1946)
Clarence Brown’s family classic adapts Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’s antebellum novel and stars Gregory Peck and Jane Wyman. The film won an Oscar for cinematography; a special “Juvenile Oscar” was awarded to Claude Jarman, Jr., who plays a boy enamored of his adopted pet fawn. Rated G, 128 min.
- August 12: The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
Orson Welles’ adaptation of The Magnificent Ambersons is “a magnificent fragment of a family epic,” starring Joseph Cotten and Agnes Moorehead. Based on a novel by Booth Tarkington, the film follows the fortunes of a wealthy Midwestern family as they move from the era of sleigh rides to that of automobiles. Rated PG, 88 min.
- August 26: The Whales of August (1987)
This film traces the lives of two elderly sisters who live in their family home on the Maine coast. Lillian Gish, Bette Davis, and Vincent Price star in this moving and gently satiric film from Lindsay Anderson. Not rated, 91 min.
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