If we don’t look too closely, The Women on the 6th Floor
appears to be a lighthearted French- and Spanish-language romp, set in the early 1960s and centered on a bored, bourgie French businessman rekindling his life-spark in the flat of some Spanish maids. Look deeper, and it’s possibly another classist flick that assigns “exotic” to the hot immigrant housekeeper and “uptight” to the hausfrau whose back story we’ll never truly learn. Come to think, with its gender and class politics and bursts of song, fans of pre-code musicals (or Spanglish) might want to venture to The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth to see The Women on the 6th Floor Friday as part of the Magnolia at the Modern series. Or perhaps I’m too … uptight. Roger Ebert did find it to be “a pleasant movie, even-tempered, a romantic fantasy.” See for yourself: Shows are 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. There are no screenings on Saturday and Sunday because of the holiday. Admission is $8.50, $6.50 for Modern members. Visit themodern.org
for more info.
Fri., Dec. 23, 6 & 8 p.m., 2011