Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette

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Director: Sofia Coppola, Kirsten Dunst, Jason Schwartzman, Judy Davis

Cast: Sofia Coppola, Kirsten Dunst, Jason Schwartzman, Judy Davis

     
 
Writer and director Sofia Coppola puts a new spin on the life and times of one of Europe's most infamous monarchs in this lavish historical drama which fuses a contemporary sensibility with painstaking recreations of the look of the 18th century. Born to Austrian nobility, Marie Antoinette (Kirsten Dunst)

Overview

Writer and director Sofia Coppola puts a new spin on the life and times of one of Europe's most infamous monarchs in this lavish historical drama which fuses a contemporary sensibility with painstaking recreations of the look of the 18th century. Born to Austrian nobility, Marie Antoinette (Kirsten Dunst) is only 14 years old when she's pledged to marry Louis XVI (Jason Schwartzman), the 15-year-old king of France, in an alliance that has everything to do with politics and nothing to do with love. Sent to France and literally stripped of her former life, Marie weds Louis, but to the consternation of the royal court, he seems either unwilling or unable to consummate the marriage while their advisors clamor for an heir to the throne. Young and more than a bit out of step with the new life that's been thrust upon her, Marie gives herself over to the pleasures of life in Versailles, knowing and caring little of the political intrigue that surrounds her. In time, Marie's trusted older brother, Joseph (Danny Huston), is brought in to coach Louis on the finer points of marital relations, and before long the couple is finally blessed with a child. However, as Marie tends to her children in the gilded cage of her palace and enjoys an affair with a Swedish nobleman, political power plays are throwing France into chaos, and the growing ranks of the poor rebel against the royals and their life of privilege. Also starring Rip Torn, Judy Davis, Steve Coogan, and Asia Argento, Marie Antoinette was given a controversial reception when it premiered at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This revisionist take on one of history’s most colorful -- and perhaps unjustly notorious -- monarchs reunites Virgin Suicides writer-director Sofia Coppola and star Kirsten Dunst. Embodying France’s young, ultimately doomed queen, Dunst transforms Marie into a living, breathing human being possessed not only of flaws and foibles but also passion and intelligence. Thrust into an 18th-century maelstrom of political intrigue by virtue of an arranged and largely loveless marriage, the erstwhile Austrian princess -- isolated from the social and economic crises tearing France apart -- gets lost in a fantasy world of conspicuous consumption and abortive dalliances with eligible bachelors. Coppola brings contemporary sensibilities to the story, and as a result the film quite deliberately abounds in jarring anachronisms of dialogue, music, and character. Although traditionalists may find this approach off-putting, it certainly constitutes a fresh treatment of familiar material. Jason Schwartzman wryly portrays Louis XVI, the clueless heir to the throne, who fails to consummate his marriage to Marie for an astonishing seven years. Rip Torn is terrific as Louis XV, a shrewd ruler with hearty appetites for food and flesh. And Asia Argento does particularly well by the underdeveloped role of Louis's sultry mistress, Madame Du Barry. As might be expected, the period detail is impeccable with regard to costumes, location, décor (Coppola was the first director to have the run of Versailles), and even depictions of the lavish meals prepared at court. A feast for the senses, Marie Antoinette, anachronisms and all, is a richly detailed slice of history as seen through a very personal directorial eye.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
As she did in her masterful Lost in Translation, Sofia Coppola creates an involving sense of physical place in her period biopic Marie Antoinette. The first hour of this film plays well, in large part because the viewer enjoys being inside this remarkably ornate universe. After the film is over, one will be left with vivid memories of tea, shoes, and desserts, but without any idea about the lead character. Early in the film the young Austrian princess (Kirsten Dunst) is forced to give up her beloved dog -- once she marries into the French aristocracy she must leave behind anything from her previous court. She is wracked with tears when separated from her beloved pooch, but minutes later she is seen caring for and loving brand new dogs in Versailles. This film's conception of Marie makes it nearly impossible to care much for her as she merely flits from entertainment to entertainment, enjoying whatever she fancies at the moment until another distracting bauble comes her way. This might work in a film that intended to show the empty spoiled waste of the socially privileged, but Coppola wants us to care for her lead character as the rabble begin to call for an end to her reign. Not until very late in the proceedings does it seem that Marie wishes her life was any different than it is, and Coppola fumbles this sequence by using a pedestrian gauzy, romance-novel cover shot of the lover she longs for to symbolize her daydream. For all its splendid costumes, cinematography, and art direction, Marie Antoinette fails because the lead character never gets to choose the direction in her life, and is never made interesting enough for the audience to find her tragic.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/13/2007
UPC:
0043396159105
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:03:00

Special Features

Deleted scenes; Makin-of featurette; "Cribs With Louis XVI"

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kirsten Dunst Marie Antoinette
Jason Schwartzman Louis XVI
Judy Davis Comtesse de Noailles
Rip Torn Louis XV
Rose Byrne Duchesse de Polignac
Asia Argento Contesse du Barry
Molly Shannon Aunt Victoire
Shirley Henderson Aunt Sophie
Danny Huston Emperor Joseph
Marianne Faithfull Maria Teresa
Mary Nighy Princesse Lamballe
Sebastian Armesto Comte de Provence
Jamie Dornan Count Fersen
Aurore Clément Duchesse de Char
Guillaume Gallienne Vergennes
James Lance Leonard
Al Weaver Comte d'Artois
Tom Hardy Raumont
Steve Coogan Ambassador Mercy
Clara Brajman Austrian Girlfriend
Mélodie Berenfeld Austrian Girlfriend
Jean-Christophe Bouvet Duc de Choiseul
lo Bottoms Lady-in-Waiting
Celine Sallette Lady-in-Waiting
André Oumansky Cardinal de la Roche Aymon
Jean-Paul Scarpitta Baron Scarpitta
René Lucien Rolland Archbishop
Clementine Poidatz Comtesse de Provence
Camille Miceli Grand Chambellan
Paul Fortune Duc Fortune
Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni Comtesse de Cavozzoni
Alexia Landeau Comtesse de la Londe
Joe Sheridan Catty Courtier
Katrine Boorman The English Duchess
Sarah Adler Comtesse d'Artois
Jean-Marc Stehle Doctor Lassonne
Paul Jasmin Baron Jasmin
Francis Leplay Doctor Delivery Provence
Mathieu Amalric Man at Masked Ball
Carlo Brandt Palace Gardener
Raphaël Neal Garden Page
John P. Arnold Minister of Finances
Scali Delpeyrat Doctor Delivery M-A
Chloé Van Barthold Elisabeth
Phoenix Petit Trianon Musicians
Lauriane Mascaro Marie Therese 2 Years
Gaelle Bona Girl at Petit Trianon
William Doherty Councilman
Florrie Betts Marie Therese 6 Years
Dominic Gould Count
Jago Betts Dauphin 2 Years
Axel Küng Dauphin 2 Years
Driss Hugo-Kalff Dauphin 2 Years
Fabrice Scott King's Messenger
Alain Doutey Chief Valet
Bob Barrett Page
Joseph Malerba Queen's Guard

Technical Credits
Sofia Coppola Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Lance Acord Cinematographer
Big Bang FX Animation Special Effects
Françoise Chapuis Asselin Makeup
Laurence Azouvy Makeup
KK Barrett Production Designer
Richard Beggs Sound/Sound Designer
Berto Camera Operator
Berto Camera Operator
Giuseppe Berto Camera Operator
Antoinette Boulat Casting
Milena Canonero Costumes/Costume Designer
Christophe Cheysson Asst. Director
Francis Ford Coppola Executive Producer
Corinne Devaux Choreography
Pierre Du Boisberranger Art Director
Sarah Flack Editor
Callum Greene Co-producer
Karen Hiles Consultant/advisor
Ross Katz Producer
Karen Lindsay-Stewart Casting
Eliot Mathews Asst. Director
Roger Neill Score Composer
Jean-Yves Rabier Art Director
Paul Rassam Executive Producer
Brian Reitzell Musical Direction/Supervision
Fred Roos Executive Producer
Stuart Wilson Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Marie Antoinette
1. Opening [2:19]
2. Schönbrunn Palace [3:20]
3. The Hand-Over [7:15]
4. Versailles! [4:09]
5. Royal Wedding [4:32]
6. The Wedding Night [6:21]
7. The King's Supper [3:40]
8. The Hunt [4:16]
9. Dressing Ceremony [5:14]
10. "You Must Speak to Her" [4:24]
11. Court Gossip [2:30]
12. First Opera [7:36]
13. Shoes and Cake [2:44]
14. The Masked Ball [8:53]
15. "We Are Too Young to Reign" [6:35]
16. "I'll Get the Small Trees" [3:25]
17. Brotherly Advice [4:11]
18. Le Petit Trianon [4:45]
19. Opening Night [3:14]
20. Count Fersen [9:51]
21. "Let Them Eat Cake" [7:19]
22. The Bastille Is Stormed [7:44]
23. "I'm Saying Goodbye" [1:04]
24. The End [7:16]

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alexphilAU More than 1 year ago
Kirsten Dunst made a good rendition as Queen Marie Antoinette of France in this movie by Sophia Coppola. It is obvious that the production staff of this movie made a thorough serious research for this piece of art. The costume and make up is excellent and Sophia Copolla is a very good director who has an eye for detail, a must for period royalty movies. I recommend this movie to those who like royal biographies!!
Izzie_reads_books More than 1 year ago
Though some of the parts in this movie are evidently exaggerated, it makes it all the juicier. The luxurious, expensive, and even fragile life of Marie Antoinette comes to life instantly and once the movie is over, you're either finding yourself open-mouthed or speechless--and for those who don't like the movie: "Ugh." so you've got to see it. This movie actually made me more interested in finding out about Marie Antionette's life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is a great modernized version of French history. It portrays the life and style of 18th century France. Also, it shows truth of royalty at the time and all of the secrets behind crowns and fine jewelry. Costumes, setting, and scenery were looked a little bit higher upon than dialogue in this movie, but the movie itself is still great. Although I fathemed it to be a boring outlook of French history, I saw it in theaters and it was great! I must admit that there were some boring parts throughout the movie, but all in all- the movie was absolutely amazing. Also, the soundtrack is fabulous! I highly recomend this movie and the soundtrack. I cannot wait to get it on DVD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The meal itself may be lacking in nutrition, but this movie is a feast for the senses...and you can practically taste, smell and touch this film through the gorgeous sets, costuming and great modern soundtrack. I blew this off for a LONG time, loving Sophia and Lost in Translation, but having a irrational dislike for Kirsten Dunst, and no interest in the historical figure of Marie Antoinette. However, I was wrong, and Marie Antoinette the actual, has little to do with anything. Kirsten Dunst is also just fabulously open and moving throughout the picture, and the whole cast is quality. The focus on the lush extravagance of Marie's lifestyle serves in its own way as a commentary by contrast on the reality of life for the majority of French citizens at the time, but is also clearly a cage in which Marie is permitted to create her fantasy world, but never to fully become...or escape. But really, that's beside the point. This is no history lesson. It's a sumptuously fun, passionate, strangely nostalgic, and ultimately quite moving film, saturated with florid color and sound, showcasing the heightened romantic style developing through Coppola's two films. She is a talented new artist, with a distinct vision, and I can't wait for her next film. Highly recommended for fans of Lost in Translation, the films of Wong Kar Wai, and of Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Try it, it's soooo delicious you guys....
Guest More than 1 year ago
While this movie may be seen as a major flop to some, to me it is wonderful!! i highly reccomend this to anyone who is a fan of Marie Antoinette or Kirsten Dunst, which i am both. A unique, flavorful movie is created with a classic outline of a famous story with a modern, rock twist. The music on the movie is also great! the CD is a must have to any fan of the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Despite what any of the critics say, I think this movie was an absolute blast. It shows the detailed, vivid life of a queen locked up in her palace, away from everyone, even her own country. If you appreciate historical knowledge with a modern twist, I would definitely suggest this movie. I've been to Versailles myself and it was great to see the palace put on film. Two thumbs up!
kenKV More than 1 year ago
This movie is so excellent and a true story.  Sad!  Thumb up!  I give five stars.
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MollyKeagan More than 1 year ago
Marie Antoinette is played SO WELL in this film and Kirsten Dunst is to die for! The rest of the cast fills their roles perfectly and the audience is able to really see a new side of the most hated queen in history. I give this five stars, but be warned that no children should watch this due to some sexual scenes and lines.
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I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!! It's so beautiful, amazing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm pretty certain that this movie contains almost no elements of factual history. But who cares. It's a blast. It's silly, glitzy, all the women are beautiful, and you can't help but smile, despite the hungry peasants and their so called "revolution."
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to admit that i am not a fan of Kristin Dunst. As far as this "movie" is concerned i have nothing positve to say except that the costume design was nice to look at.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had read the reviews before I saw this movie, so I was prepared to be disappointed. That disappointment never came. I thought this movie was great! The costumes are decadently gorgeous and Versailles is shown off at it's best advantage in this film. Though there isn't a whole lot of dialogue, Kirsten Dunst and Jason Schwartzman do an admirable job of portraying two very infamous historical figures. Kirsten Dunst especially bring a childlike innocence and humanity to the role of Marie Antoinette. And though many French people would disagree, I loved how Sophia Coppola incorporated modern music into the soundtrack. This film is a lovely way to spend a couple of hours!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great movie for amusement!
Mildred More than 1 year ago
18th Century Versailles seen through the eyes of a young Queen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
LOVE UT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!!! Kirstin Dunst is superb in this movie { no suprise }.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie kept me very inticed because of it's unexpected musical path. When watching a historical movie, you expect orchestrated violins and dragging pianists to play during the scenes (music that would be stuck in the movie's time period). However, Marie Antoinette adds an electrifying 80's vibe which greatly modernizes the film. Artists used include the Strokes, Adam & the Ants, the Cure, and Siouxsie & The Banshees. Bow Wow Wow also contributes by recreating the hit "I Want Candy" in a new upbeat way. This movie, with great costumes, music and acting will appeal to all ages young and old (even though some of the scenes are a bit dragged out). I will most definately buy the soundtrack, so check it out as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While the contemporary music is distracting, what is missing here is Norma Shearer, Tyrone Power, Robert Morley, and John Barrymore. The Versailles Palace as a set and spectacular cinematography and an obvious eye for historical detail are all merits of this movie. But the truth is you just can beat good acting that can make an audience make a connection with the characters and that is where the 1930's version suceedes and the current version fails. Really isn't there any good music from the 18th century that could have been suitable?
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