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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
Perhaps, the saddest thing about this movie was that it ended just when Marie Antoinette's life was about to get very interesting.
The French revolution is to much connected with Marie Antoinette's life to play a little side-part at the end of this movie or any movie about this.
Sophia Coppola does very little to use the abilities of her actors in this film or explore the real *historical* figures this movie is based on.
I have tried to watch this movie several times but I can not. It is beyond horrible. They spent millions of dollars on exquisite period sets and costumes and everything, but the... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Deal or No Deal
If you know the history of Marie Antoinette this movie is spot on with its portrayal. The costumes are spectacular, Kirsten Dunst is the perfect Marie Antoinette, and Sofia... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Giovanna R. Gerace
A chick flick adhered to the real life historical facts, A fun way to learn about Versailles traditions and the last queen of France.Published 27 days ago by claudia sanchez
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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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