Poor Marie

Considering the end she met, it might be in poor taste to make a doubleheader joke about Phoenix Art Museum's screening of two vaguely biographical Marie Antoinette movies. So we won't. Instead, let's just say that no cinematic adaptation of the French queen has been particularly brainy.

But, as any film connoisseur knows, sometimes silliness and frippery can entertain sufficiently. And certainly the long-gone, generously reviled monarch would agree – given her penchant for bonkers wigs, super-expensive dresses, um, what else, palaces, and, ah, right, cake. Get two times the 18th century upper-crustiness when the museum presents a pair of films titled Marie Antoinette, one from 1938 (with John Barrymore and Norma Shearer) and the other made by Sofia Coppola in 2006 (starring Kirsten Dunst and Jason Schwartzman).

The films screen starting at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 8, with an intermission. Admission to the event is $10 and doesn't include access to “Hollywood Costume,” though it is presented in conjunction with that film-centric fashion exhibition. Visit or call 602-257-1880.

Sun., June 8, 11 a.m., 2014
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Becky Bartkowski is an award-winning journalist and the arts and music editor at New Times, where she writes about art, fashion, and pop culture.
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