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Plot: The retelling of France's iconic but ill-fated queen, Marie Antoinette. From her betrothal and marriage to Louis XVI at 15 to her reign as queen at 19 and to the end of her reign as queen and ultimately the fall of Versailles. Runtime: 123 mins Release Date: 20 Oct 2006
i know some people have said that it is entirely eye candy and what amazing eye candy at that but it actually does an artful adaptation of the book, which i read before seeing the film. it includes many of the important, beautiful, and sad parts of the book without getting bogged down with all the particulars and names like many of the period movies do. the soundtrack is great, a clever blend of 18th century and modern...the parts are well acted and the American accents rarely detract. If you want a historical account of her life, read the book...if you want Versailles and Marie Antoinette <more>
brought to life in a heart-breakingly beautiful fashion, go see this film...it is truly one of the most visually stunning movies i have ever seen.
I Thought I'd Like It and...Ta Dah! I Did! Not Only That, I Love It!!! (by binaryg)
Having trashed two of the three movies Sofia Coppola has directed I didn't see Lick the Star, yuck! what made me think I'd enjoy Marie Antoinette? I'm old and worse yet, a male. Certainly not the demographic Marie Antoinette is aimed at, so I found when I ventured out to my local Cineplex to check out Ms. Coppola's 4th go at directing. I figured to use the theater as my personal screening-room on a Friday at noon. Oops! It was a school holiday and I entered one of the smaller of the 14 "theaters" into a crowd of a dozen or so chatting high school girls. I had <more>
mistakenly arrived 20 minutes early so I had an opportunity to eavesdrop on their discussion concerning the ethics paper they were required to write and what they were considering giving up for a week as required by their class. These must have been students at the nearby parochial high school. What public high school has ethic courses? They seemed a perfect audience for a film on Marie Antoinette. The theater continued to fill as film time approached. It filled to approximately ¾ capacity and I was, as best as I could determine, the only male person of my gender.So why did I think I'd enjoy a film by a director whose films seemed directed by a person with a spoiled child's view of the world? Well, what I'd read about Marie Antoinette resonated close enough with Moulin Rouge, Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge which blew me away. "Lavish imagery and a daring soundtrack set this film apart from most period dramas; in fact, style complete takes precedence over plot and character development in Coppola's vision of the doomed queen" should sound familiar to Moulin Rouge fans.Well, as soon as the black and shocking pink credits showed up to the sound of The Gang of Four's "Natural's Not In It" I knew I was in the right place. Kirsten Dunst was, in my opinion, a perfect choice. She's beautiful but not too beautiful. She has an aura of mischievousness which worked from start to finish. Ms. Dunst, at the young age of 24 or so, already has a long career in Hollywood. And she was only one of many. From Marianne Faithful, to Judy Davis, to Rip Torn, to Jason Schwartzman, to Asia Argento, to many others perfectly cast. For me, the film never dragged or bogged down. The sets were beautiful. What can you say about Versailles and the French countryside? The food was reminiscent to me of Wayne Thiebaud paintings, but more colorful. The costumes, the music, added to the sense of decadence I think the film aimed for. Yet Marie Antoinette's character never seemed decadent. Ms. Dunst's openness and delight in all presented to her, came across. Despite her loss of freedom and the difficulty in eventually becoming the Queen of France she was able to "Party On!" What made the film, for me, exceptional, was how Sofia Coppola was able to make both Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI living, breathing, human beings, rather than grotesqueries. I was moved several times by their connection or lack of the same. There is a lot to see, hear and experience in Marie Antoinette. It is an accomplished and stimulating cinematic experience. I shall view it as much as I am able. This film has prompted me to review both The Virgin Suicides and Lost in Translation. The world is certainly in need of feminine perspective and Sofia Coppola has made a statement that she has the potential to be a very Great talent.Pardon my verbosity.
I am not really a Sofia Coppola fan, but I did love her work in the Virgin Suicides I really couldn't care less for Lost in Translation , but her Marie Antoinette is an experience anyone who loves movies should endure. While on a vacation trip to France to visit a cousin, we decided to go see the film, since it had premiered at the Cannes Film Festival just three days before I got there. My cousin had told me that while the reviews over there had been ecstatic and raves, some of the french press booed at the press screening. To be honest, from that reaction, I immediately thought the <more>
movie was going to suck, but then I remembered whatever the critics hate, I end up loving, so I gave it a shot. This movie blew me away! I of course had found out before hand that this film has nothing to do with the revolution, or the beheading of the last king and queen of France. So I went in there with knowledge that I wasn't expecting a boring period BBC dramatization of Marie Antoinette. The film is glorious to look at! The costumes are simply the the greatest costumes ever constructed. We are used to seeing 18th century costumes with wild plooms, and explosive beading and diamonds every where adorned, but these costumes were much more simpler but had a dramatic effect to the eyes this is so winning best costumes at next years Oscars . The actors were tremendous particularly Dunst, who whenever I would read threads about Antoinette on here would be bashed because some people said that she cant act, or she could never pull off this role. Believe me, she does if campaigned right, she could so get an Oscar nomination for this ! She excels as the doomed Queen of France in every way imaginable! She is a frightened teenager in the beginning of the film, trying to please everyone even her overbearing mother played by the wonderful Marianne Faithful , and you automatically identify with her. Here is a girl who has no friends, no close companions, and while she tries to please her husband, he jason Swarchtzman, great as always just blows her off, because he feels that he is not the kind who likes to have sex! So she grows up in the palace of Versailles's, and gets her reputation as a bit of party girl who loves parties, clothes, jewelery, company of women who wouldn't want that if at 19 become ruler of a powerful decadent country till finally when she has her children you see her mature and become a loving mother, and a devoted wife. Sofia has made an excellent movie. Sure the script does lack a certain depth to some characters, but remember this isn't your mother's Marie Antoinette. This a new wave Marie Antoinette, and Sofia excels in her vision! But this film isn't for everybody. If you have a problem with rock music used in a period film then you may cringe at some of the moments when the songs are used. Also if you expect to see a full blown bio of the Queen, then you are dead wrong, because this film explores how one minute Antoinette was the toast of France, to the last where she finally accepts her fate as the last and doomed Queen of France. It is a very good movie. I highly recommend it.
Marie-Antoinette at the Court of Versaille at age 14 through to age 30. Her progression from eagerness, disappointment, compensation and the end, which we all know. (by consuelo-holtzer)
A hauntingly beautiful film about how deep disappointment finds an outlet in "creative" frivolity. The combination of rock music and the rituals of Versaille never "shocks" thanks to the mastery of the direction. There is also a solid mastery of pacing. The slow progression of the film never bores; it reveals in time. The glory of Versailles is not shown at the beginning but only as the film and the psychology of its heroine develop. The films owes a lot to the leading actress and way she is shot. The close-ups of the expressive face of Kirsten Dunst communicate the whole <more>
range of emotions behind a women eager to please and to do well, but who is trapped and inwardly anguished and disappointed. Rarely have we felt so close to a famous woman so far back in time. The film also masters the art of depicting "historical clichés", such as MA playing milkmaid, very convincingly. I was wonderfully surprised by this unusual film, and will see it a second time.
I was a bit apprehensive to go see a movie about 18th century France mixed in with some cool hip tunes from the 80's. But this is Sofia Coppola and as expected, she does a magnificent job. It's not a historical movie in the strict sense. You won't learn much about the french revolution or the social context of the times, apart from the fact that the french royalty lived in complete luxury at Versailles. But Marie Antoinette is a very captivating movie about the personal story of this Austrian girl who ends up marrying the heir to the french throne. The images and costumes are <more>
simply beautiful. The pace is slow like in Sofia Coppola's previous movies but it's what makes her movies so special. The music is awesome and the acting very good. I just love this movie. Two thumbs way up !!!!
i just got from the movie and i got to say that "Marie Antoinette" is somewhat.. unexpected!! it's like champagne with grenadine syrup... just UNEXPECTED.. but good!! i am french and i have heard about Marie Antoinette for as far as i can remember! we all know here that she did some scandalous things and she wasn't as nice as she is depicted in the movie, for example, when she bowed on the balcony at the end without a single word, she actually said "i don't want to say anything to those people" and she just bowed.. i think it's quite important to show that <more>
she wasn't concerned at all about normal people, she despised them. another bad point, is that the movie stops when she leaves Versailles to go to Metz, I wanted to watch the story till the end.. when she is stopped in a tavern, the king recognized thanks to his head printed on a coin, sent back to Paris in the Bastille the jail , how the queen got depressed while staying there it is said that she got old at once, her hair turned white and her death. To me, this movie lacks profoundness, too shallow... but the way it was filmed, the idea to mix pop rock music and the acting of the actors was definitely soooo great! WE WANTED MORE, IT WAS TOO SHORT!!
Based on the recent Marie-Antoinette biography by Antonia Fraser, Sofia Coppola's film focuses on the personal qualities of the character of Marie-Antoinette and thus participates in the character's historical rehabilitation. Antoinette is seen as a respectful loyal daughter, a loving mother, a patient wife, who had to withstand a flood of vindictive criticism since the moment she set foot in the French court. This depiction contrasts strongly with many prior representations of the character in film "The Affair of the Necklace" for example , which show her as superficial, <more>
selfish and vain.The visuals and auditory elements, which evoke a powerful image of 18th-century Versailles, are the movie's forte. And their effects linger in one's mind or at least they did in mine long after one's exit from the theater. As a budding art historian, I was stunned by the intensely lush visual spectacle the film has to offer: the pomp and circumstance of ritualized and regimented 18th-century Versailles. The semi-private world that Antoinette builds for herself to escape Versailles's codified, quasi-totalitarian atmosphere, is evoked through a sequence of fast-moving images of champagne-guzzling, beautifully-decorated cake-eating, and Manolo Blahnik shoe buying. Thus Antoinette's fantasy world is likened to a world recognizable to you, me and Carrie Bradshaw. Some people may scoff at this 21st century world transposed to an earlier time. But as the center of the world in 18th-century Europe, Marie-Antoinette's "secret Versailles" would certainly have been as "hip" as this, and Coppola has found effective means through sound and image by which to make this hipness accessible.The story zooms in on the character of Marie-Antoinette, played by a ravishing Kirsten Dunst, who arrives at Versailles at the tender age of 14, to become queen of France a mere 5 years later. Coppola emphasizes the loneliness of Antoinette throughout the film: most important is her alienation from the French court by the fact that she is a foreigner something that made her a scapegoat for all of France's problems during the 1780's . Her powerlessness to "fit in" is emphasized also through her sexual alienation from her socially-awkward husband played by Jason Schwartzmann , her mother's chidings that she has not yet produced an heir to the French throne and thereby has not secured Austria's political place in Europe , and the bitchy gossip that goes on behind her back at court.Marie-Antoinette is depicted as an intensely personable, friendly and playful person. Coppola fashions a Marie-Antoinette who is a dutiful daughter, a patient wife to Louis who eventually overcomes his shyness and becomes a loving and protective husband and father , and a caring and tender mother. She is shown as both bold and humble, two qualities which had quasi-miraculous effects on both the court and the angry mob, as is shown in some of the film's most touching moments.Equipped with these "essential" personal qualities, the charges traditionally made against Marie-Antoinette fade completely. It is precisely Antoinette's ill-fated attempt at fitting into French court society that causes her escape into a world of idle futility and libertinage. Her escape into the world of "playing shepherdess" in her pleasure-house of Le Hameau is shown not as a silly escape from responsibility but as the simple human need to be surrounded by the natural world. This place appears to us as it does to Antoinette: as a refuge from the backbiting, totalitarian regime of Versailles. Even the legendary "let them eat cake" statement allegedly made by Marie-Antoinette is discarded as fiction.There is almost no place in the film for the 18th-century reality as it existed outside the bubble-like world of Versailles. This is not the movie's purpose. The end of the film is a bit abrupt: the last image shows the royal family heading to Paris to be imprisoned in the building of the Conciergerie. There is no mention of the guillotine anywhere, which again can seem surprising, but which shows that Coppola deliberately tried to eschew stereotypes and do something different. And it is all to her credit.
Coppola Brings New Life To A Dead Genre (by IAN-Cinemaniac)
I had reached the point in my life where I could not bare the idea of seeing another historical-costume-drama. The thought of seeing another actor attempting the stilted period lingo and mello-drama gives me a headache, BUT Miss Coppola has undone my pain with this fresh take on the period drama, with her lovely and off-beat MARIE-ANTOINETTE. Usually you watch the piece from afar, thinking, "Wow, life sure was hard back then," but you never really can relate to the characters, but Coppola breaks tradition in a completely refreshing way, so that you can really understand these <more>
characters. She uses modern day music not like the horrible A KNIGHT'S TALE did and hand held camera work. Her style is much more free and alive. She takes her time with the material so that we get a feel for time period and all of the free time they had. The acting is first rate, other than a mis-cast Rip Torn who's a little too over-the-top. If you've enjoyed her other movies THE VIRGIN SUICIDES & LOST IN TRANSLATION , then you are sure to enjoy this film. But if you are looking for another stilted period drama with forced accents and dead camera work then rent THE PARTRIOT or VANITY FAIR. I really enjoyed MARIE-ANTIONETTE, though I'm not sure how historically accurate it is, it's a fine film. Some have criticized Coppola for making a French subject so American, but that is not the point, she has created an accessible historical biopic, that people of MARIE-ANTIONETTE's age could enjoy and relate to.
Kirsten plays Marie Antoinette beautifully! (by buttonsamy)
I got the chance to see this film recently, and I loved it. Sofia Coppola did an excellent job making the novel into a film, and making the film totally interesting and engaging for a modern audience.Let me stress: the historical accuracy of the film was not done too well. There are many scenes in which I was banging my head thinking: "If only they had done this instead!" Although, I wonder how much of it was done intentionally. You can tell from the trailers that the music is NOT historical, instead, it is a mix of modern pop and rock music that manages to fit and blend into the <more>
scenes wonderfully. It was a little difficult to get used to, but overall was a good idea.Kirsten Dunst is fabulous as Marie. Hollywood has a reoccurring theme of older actresses playing younger characters, but Kirsten pulls this off magnificently. She has a very young face, and looks the part of the innocent and childish Antoine. As the film progresses, we watch Marie grow up, and Kirsten manages to achieve this wonderfully. Her character is always very childish and playful, and she is perfect in the role.The costumes and sets were exquisite! Rarely have I seen such opulence in a film. The original Marie Anoinette with Norma Sheerer was an over budget film that had totally obscene costumes, so I expected something similar. However, the costumes were pretty right on, except that Marie would have worn larger panniers, those hoops on her hips that would have forced her to walk sideways through the doors. Her wigs would also have been larger and more...excessive, but overall, I thought the costumes were lovely. I love the colors! The sets were gorgeous as well, filmed mostly in France, this film was decadent. Versilles was gorgeous! The food was absolutely delicious, I found myself eating tons of Godiva chocolate after the film! This is a great adaptation of the novel, and a highly engaging film that tells the true story of Marie Antoinette. She was highly criticized as a queen, but this films seems to really show what the courts were like, and how impossible it would have been to do any better. Besides NOT seeing her be beheaded, this film totally captured my attention and had me giggling all the way through.