Special Showing

Thunder Road

Sunday, November 18 at 8pm

Introduction and post-film discussion with Producer Benjamin Wiessner.

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Thunder Road

Starring: Jim Cummings, Kendal Farr, Nican Robinson

Based on the Oscar-winning short film of the same title. Grand Jury Award winner at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival.

Thunder Road follows a Texan police officer who loses his mother, custody of his daughter, and eventually his job. Inspired by one of the greatest songs ever written, we see officer Jim Arnaud apply this lullaby of his mother's to his life during his ongoing and often hilarious nervous breakdown.

  • Director: Jim Cummings
  • Runtime: 1 hour 32 minutes
  • Genre: Drama, Comedy

“The film lives and dies on Cummings’ performance, and it’s quite marvelous he was able to pull off so much with his acting while manning so many duties behind the camera. All at once, he’s able to load the grief and tumult of his lot and his decisions into a largely-comedic performance. It’s like of the lead character from “Manchester By the Sea” was played by a slightly more-reserved Jim Carrey.”

– The Playlist

Special Showing

Elf

Saturday, December 1 at 11am and 1pm

The Holiday Walk tradition of showing Elf continues, this time with two free shows, at 11am and 1pm.

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Elf

Starring: Will Ferrell, Zooey Deschannel, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Ed Asner, Peter Dinklage, Amy Sedaris

Buddy (Will Ferrell) was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa's elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn't fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father. As it happens, this is Walter Hobbs (James Caan), a cynical businessman. After a DNA test proves this, Walter reluctantly attempts to start a relationship with the childlike Buddy with increasingly chaotic results.

  • Director: Jon Favreau
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 1 hour 37 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy

“This is one of those rare Christmas comedies that has a heart, a brain and a wicked sense of humor, and it charms the socks right off the mantelpiece.”

– Roger Ebert

Elf is sponsored by the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce as part of Williamstown Holiday Walk.

Film Series

The View From Here

January 19, February 23 + March 9

In conjunction with Turner and Constable: The Inhabited Landscape, Images Cinema and the Clark Art Institute present The View from Here, a film series exploring three different approaches to the role of landscapes in cinema: as subject, as inspiration, and as a means to explore character and emotion.

The View From Here
January 19: Days of Heaven (1978)
February 23: Columbus (2017)
March 9: Leaning into the Wind (2018)

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Days of Heaven

Introduction by Olivier Meslay, Hardymon Director of the Clark

When three drifters take refuge from the world at large on the land of a lonely rancher, they all find their private paradise threatened by unspoken secrets and lies. Terrence Malick’s second film, stunningly beautiful both visually and emotionally, was filmed by cinematographer Néstor Almendros, who won an Academy Award for his striking, bucolic imagery of the plains of the Texas panhandle.

  • Director: Terence Malick
  • Runtime: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

“Days of Heaven is above all one of the most beautiful films ever made. ”

– Roger Ebert

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Columbus

Starring: John Cho, Haley Lu Richardson, Parker Posey, Rory Culkin

When a renowned architecture scholar falls suddenly ill during a speaking tour, his son Jin finds himself stranded in Columbus, Indiana - a small Midwestern city celebrated for its many significant modernist buildings. Jin strikes up a friendship with Casey, a young architecture enthusiast who works at the local library. As their intimacy develops, Jin and Casey explore both the town and their conflicted emotions: Jin's estranged relationship with his father, and Casey's reluctance to leave Columbus and her mother.

  • Director: Kogonada
  • Runtime: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

“The quietly stirring, exquisitely photographed Columbus is an art-house gem that beautifully illuminates not only the architecture of a small Indiana town, but also the characters that inhabit it. ”

– San Franicisco Chronicle

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Leaning into the Wind

Starring: Andy Goldsworthy, Holly Goldsworthy

Leaning into the Wind is a vibrant journey through the diverse layers of Andy Goldsworthy's world. From urban Edinburgh and London to the South of France and New England, each environment he encounters becomes a fresh kaleidoscopic canvas for his art. A lushly-visualized travelogue, Goldsworthy's work and Thomas Riedelsheimer's exquisite cinematography redefine landscape and inextricably tie human life to the natural world.

  • Director: Thomas Riedelsheimer
  • Runtime: 1 hour 37 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

“Like Rivers and Tides, also directed by Thomas Riedelsheimer, Leaning Into the Wind is a study in seeing, in subordinating one’s self to the elements, in creating with nature rather than from it. It's a contemplative beauty, a chance to consider and be moved by a richer sort of connectedness than our lives typically allow. ”

– Village Voice

Presented by the Clark Art Institute and Images Cinema.