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While much was made of the fact that Marie Antoinette elicited boos at Cannes, the many favorable reviews attracted less attention. Inspired by Antonia Fraser's biography, Sofia Coppola fashions a portrait that's just as dreamy as The Virgin Suicides, her first literary adaptation, and the Oscar-winning Lost in Translation. Set to a soundtrack of post-punk (a conceit that adds more interest than resonance), the teenaged Marie (Kirsten Dunst, quite good) may be shallow, but she's rarely unsympathetic. The story begins in the late-18th century as the Austrian Archduchess agrees to marry Louis-Auguste (Jason Schwartzman). After bidding adieu to her mother, Maria Theresa (Marianne Faithfull), she travels to France, where King Louis XV (Rip Torn) sets the rules--and the list is endless (Judy Davis' Comtesse de Noailles is the primary enforcer). As for the Dauphin, he's just a boy, really, with more interest in his key collection than their marriage bed. Should Marie produce an heir, it might be enough to sustain her--since life is nothing but an endless shopping spree--but clouds gather on the horizon as an impoverished populace rises up against their extravagant leaders. Coppola merely suggests what happens next, although history paints a darker picture. Filmed in and around the Chateau of Versailles, Marie Antoinette is a riot of rustling gowns, sparkling jewels, and Manolo Blahnik-designed shoes. To say that style trumps substance does its maker a disservice, but the look of the thing does leave the deepest impression. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
Extras from Marie Antoinette (click for larger image)
Featurette: On the filming of Marie Antoinette:
Film Clip: "The Introduction"
Film Clip: "The Royal Treatment"
Beyond Marie Antoinette at Amazon.com
The Book, Marie Antoinette: The Journey
More Period Pieces With A Twist
The Films of Kirsten Dunst
Love the film, even if it is a bit exagerated. My only problem with the product is the volume. The music is loud yet the dialogue is low and soft. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Kyle
Music was really bazaar for this period piece. The last decade of her life is given about 10 minutes and there is absolutely no ending. Read morePublished 17 days ago by BJ
The movie is great but I was not even able to finish it since the rental was cut short. I think that I should atleast be able to getthrough the movie if I pay for the rentalPublished 18 days ago by Trina
Beautiful costumes and scenery. The movie was enjoyable, but would have been so much more so if a little more history had been included.Published 1 month ago by Margaret Long
AWFUL. Had to stop watching after 10mins. Comedy version. Was expecting the real thing, everyone has american accents.
Really dissapointed. Read more
Fun & decadent, , like a plate of pretty French macaroons...no stiff documentary, this. This is the rock&roll Marie Antionette with a pair of Converse sneaks in her closet.... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Christina Carhart
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For the "Marie Antoinette" DVD released February 13, 2007, the bonus features are: 2 deleted scenes, a theatrical trailer, a theatrical teaser, and 2 featurettes. "The Making of Marie Antoinette" (25 min) features on-set interviews with the cast, behind-the-scenes footage,... Read More
Jun 14, 2007 by mirasreviews | See all 2 posts
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Honestly, I'm not sure there will be one. The film didn't do all that hot in the theaters and unless it does shockingly great business on DVD this will probably be its only release. I'm very much looking forward to picking it up.
Jan 25, 2007 by Enigma? | See all 6 posts
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