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The outsize sculptures and didactic films of Niki de Saint Phalle are not exceptionally nuanced, and neither is director Peter Schamoni’s documentary, Niki de Saint Phalle: Who Is the Monster, You or Me? Once the wife of better-known sculptor Jean Tinguely (and an American, despite what her opulent name suggests), de Saint Phalle is interested in male and female roles, but her work reduces these concerns to elemental imagery: In one of her films, men wearing massive phalluses battle using penis-shaped cannons; in her sculpture, the “great mother goddess” consists of bulbous breasts and vaginas sometimes big enough to walk through. The film is a suitable introduction to the socialite-turned-artist’s garish, exuberant work; for analysis, look elsewhere. At noon at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’s Ring Auditorium, 7th & Independence Ave. SW. FREE. (202) 357-2700. (MJ)