Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette

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The way the visuals and music clashed in the first round of trailers for Marie Antoinette, in which the teenage Queen of France and her powdered wig- and silk brocade-wearing courtiers frolicked in the garden and played dice to the strains of New Order's "Ceremony," fell somewhere between being exciting and contrived. The full

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The way the visuals and music clashed in the first round of trailers for Marie Antoinette, in which the teenage Queen of France and her powdered wig- and silk brocade-wearing courtiers frolicked in the garden and played dice to the strains of New Order's "Ceremony," fell somewhere between being exciting and contrived. The full soundtrack to the movie -- all two discs and 90-odd minutes of it -- keeps this bold contrast, but gives it more nuance. In fact, its mix of new wave, post-punk, dream pop, electronica, and classical pieces really sells Sofia Coppola's vision of Marie Antoinette as an innocent young girl, transformed into her era's version of a hipster fashionista, who gets in way over (and ultimately loses) her head. The size of the soundtrack suggests the decadence of her times, but the way the music is actually used is far from indulgent. Disc one relies on new wave to illustrate the giddy rush of her rise, while disc two is mostly electronica and darker, more atmospheric classical pieces tracing her fall with a stylish, bittersweet atmosphere similar to the Virgin Suicides and Lost in Translation soundtracks. "Hong Kong Garden" kicks off Marie Antoinette, beginning with a brief prelude that at first sounds like it escaped from A Chamber Music Tribute to Siouxsie Sioux but then sounds utterly right, and helps make the rest of the soundtrack's switches from pop to classical and back again sound inspired instead of forced; there's a lightness and playfulness in the new wave songs that connects them to Vivaldi's "Concerto in G." Throughout the soundtrack, Bow Wow Wow seems to function as Marie Antoinette's voice: after all, "I Want Candy" isn't such a far cry from "let them eat cake," and on the second disc, "Fools Rush In" captures her plight perfectly. By working with a carefully selected palette of tracks by a handful of artists -- Air, Aphex Twin (whose "Jynweythek Ylow" has all the delicacy of chamber music), the Cure, and the Radio Dept. are among the chief sources -- Marie Antoinette's daring gambit pays off in a long but exquisitely curated soundtrack.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/10/2006
Label:
Verve Forecast
UPC:
0602517084186
catalogNumber:
000782202

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Patricia Mabee   Harpsichord
Agnès Mellon   Soprano

Technical Credits

François Couperin   Composer
Jean-Philippe Rameau   Composer
Domenico Scarlatti   Composer
Antonio Vivaldi   Composer
Annabella Lwin   Composer
Matthew Ashman   Composer
Dave Barbarossa   Composer
Bert Berns   Composer
Rube Bloom   Composer
Hugo Burnham   Composer
Ian Curtis   Composer
Bob Feldman   Composer
Simon Gallup   Composer
Andrew Gill   Composer
Jerry Goldstein   Composer
Leigh Gorman   Composer
Richard Gottehrer   Composer
Peter Hook   Composer
Bruce Keen   Engineer
Malcolm McLaren   Composer
Marco Pirroni   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Kenneth S. Morris   Composer
Roger Neill   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Brian Reitzell   Arranger,Director,Producer,Sound Design
Kevin Shields   Remixing
Laurence Tolhurst   Composer
Boris Williams   Composer
Stephen Morris   Composer
Bernard Sumner   Composer
Richard Beggs   Sound Design
Roger O'Donnell   Composer
Jon King   Composer
Jean-Benoît Dunckel   Composer
Nicolas Godin   Composer
Martin Larsson   Composer
Tom Jenkinson   Composer
Dan Matz   Composer
Julian Casablancas   Composer
Dustin O'Halloran   Composer
Erik Gavriluk   Engineer
Sofia Coppola   Executive Soundtrack Producer
Jason McNeely   Composer
William Christie   Director
Johan Duncanson   Composer

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Marie Antoinette 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Right from the cd still, this cd is an affair to remember and feel good that love and innocence existed and still does. Good Sofia Coppola!
Sher_Prox More than 1 year ago
This movie's soundtrack fit so well with the characters, even though clearly not from the same era.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is really a fabulous soundtrack. The mix of pop and classical and it's trasitions back and forth are amazing. It really captures the heart, soul, and personality of a young girl put in a world she ultimately did not ask to be put in. There is total innocence, love, passion, and saddness represented within this music. Well done, well done.
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