Mucho Marvelous Movies

In conjunction with the art exhibitions “Picasso looks at Degas” (through September 12) and “Juan Munoz” (through October 17), the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown is hosting a film series, “Spanish Masters of Cinema.”

All films are in Spanish with English subtitles. Screenings are free of charge on select Fridays at 4pm in the Clark auditorium.

Here’s the line-up:

Today (July 2): “The Spirit of the Beehive” (1973, 98 minutes) is widely considered to be the best Spanish film of the ’70s. Director Victor Erice takes a mesmerizing child’s eye view in this enigmatic, allegorical film that paints a critical portrait of rural Spain in the ’40s after Franco’s victory in the Civil War.

July 16: “Carmen” (1983, 101 minutes) mixes magical choreography, rousing flamenco dancing and operatic flourishes that reference Bizet’s masterwork. Director Carlos Saura explores the tale by presenting a modern ensemble of musicians and dancers rehearsing a flamenco interpretation of the Carmen story with choreographer Antonio Gades.

July 30: “All About My Mother” (1999, 106 minutes) follows Cecilia Roth as a mother who tries to cope with the death of her teenage son by seeking out the boy’s transvestite father. Along the way she reconnects with old friends who re-enfold her into a community of women that director Pedro Almodovar always celebrates.

August 13: “The Sea Inside” (2004, 126 minutes), by director Alejandro Amenábar, is based on the real-life story of Ramón Sampedro (played by Javier Bardem), a Spanish ship mechanic left quadriplegic after a diving accident.

August 27: “Pan’s Labyrinth” (2006, 112 minutes) is director Guillermo del Toro’s spellbinding story of a young girl who escapes from the realities of wartime Fascist Spain into a realm of fantasy. This adult fairy tale became the highest grossing Spanish film in U.S. box office history and won three Academy Awards.

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