Women Directing Women Film Series
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth 3200 Darnell St., 817-738-9215, themodern.org
In conjunction with the exhibition “Women Painting Women,” the series features films from noted female directors on select Saturdays through July (in addition to Magnolia at the Modern films). Here are some offerings; find more on the website.
We love history reimagined with creative abandon. In the gender-bending 1992 film, director Sally Potter turns a 17th-century nobleman, played by Tilda Swinton, into a woman soon after Queen Elizabeth I (actor Quentin Crisp) commands the young man to never change. Struggles — including the challenges of a woman to retain property — ensue. July 30
Director Sofia Coppola creates a self-indulgent retelling of the equally self-indulgent queen, played by Kirsten Dunst. The lavish production, which earned an Oscar for costume design, has a pop-culture sort of sensibility that was criticized in 2006 for being historically off the mark, but its capriciousness — and a great soundtrack — makes it fun to watch. July 23