Molière gets the silver screen treatment

 Molière, the latest film in the Magnolia at the Modern series, will have most people excited to see the 1600s in glorious color and with a fanciful and funny storyline. Some film fans, however, will no doubt be disappointed that this is not a showing of the 1978 French classic film of the same name. Instead, this newly released film imagines what could have happened when the real Molière was released after a brief stint in debtors prison. The film supposes that he was bailed out by a wealthy bourgeois in return for teaching the craft of the stage. In much the same way that the movie Fur re-imagined a period in the life of photographer Diane Arbus, Molière shows the playwright and actor as a caricature of all of the characters in his writings. While entertaining, the story may have some viewers wishing for a more historically accurate portrayal of the legendary figure. Molière plays at 6 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St. Tickets are $8.50; $6.50 for Modern members. Visit
Fri., Sept. 7, 6 & 8:15 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 8, 5 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 9, 2 & 4:15 p.m.
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