WILLIAMSTOWN -- Free films at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute are in full swing this summer with a nine-week-long "Homericana" film series, created in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibition, "Winslow Homer: Making Art, Making History." The first film of the series, "Glory" (1989, 122 minutes), will be shown Monday, July 1 at 3 p.m.
Glory follows the 54th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry from its formation as the first African-American regiment in the Civil War to its heroic performance on the battlefield. Edward Zwick’s stirring film stars Matthew Broderick as the Boston Brahmin commander and features an Academy Award-winning performance by Denzel Washington as Trip, a fugitive slave. Morgan Freeman delivers a memorable performance as gravedigger John Rawlins.
The film was adapted from the book "One Gallant Rush," by Williamstown author Peter Burchard.
The "Homericana: Films of the Artist’s Times and Places" series alternates each week between feature films set in Homer’s era and an expansive documentary on his life and work. They are shown Monday afternoons at 3 p.m. in July and August. For a complete schedule, see the Clark’s calendar of events: clarkart.edu.