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Marie Antoinette (1938)

Passed | | Biography, Drama, History | 26 August 1938 (USA)
The tragic life of Marie Antoinette, who became queen of France in her late teens.

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(as W.S. Van Dyke II), (uncredited)

Writers:

(screen play), (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Comte de Provence (as Albert Van Dekker)
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The life of Marie Antoinette (1755-1793) from betrothal and marriage in 1770 to her beheading. At first, she's a Hapsburg teenager isolated in France, living a virgin's life in the household of the Dauphin, a shy solitary man who would like to be a locksmith. Marie discovers high society, with the help of Orleans and her brothers-in-law. Her foolishness is at its height when she meets a Swedish count, Axel de Fersen. He helps her see her fecklessness. In the second half of the film, she avoids an annulment, becomes queen, bears children, and is a responsible ruler. The affair of the necklace and the general poverty of France feed revolution. She faces death with dignity. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

26 August 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

María Antonieta  »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,926,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original road show print including entry, intermission and exit music)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

(Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The grand ceremonial march that accompanies Marie Antoinette's arrival and procession to meet Luois XV at the Louvre, Paris near the beginning of the film is actually an elaborate re-orchestration of a short and very simply scored entra'acte from the opera Castor et Pollux by Jean Philippe Rameau, composed 1737 and a great favorite in France, even after the French Revolution. See more »

Goofs

In the lavish ball sequence at Versailles that appears to take place in the famous Hall of Mirrors, King Louis XV (and later, Mme du Pompadour) arrives by descending a huge flight of stairs. Yet the real Hall of Mirrors has no stairs, at either end. See more »

Quotes

King Louis XVI: I am not going to run! What do you say, brother?
Comte de Provence: I say run and you'll loose your crown!
Comte d'Artois: And I say stay and you'll loose your head!
Comte de Provence: [to Artois] You're on the wing, I suppose?
Comte d'Artois: You're trunks are packed!
Comte de Provence: Liar!
King Louis XVI: Be quiet, be quiet, both of you! It was a grave mistake to dissolve the assembly...
[He looks desparately up to Marie Antoinette]
King Louis XVI: My dear, what shall we do?
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Connections

Featured in A Matter of Convenience (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Orpheus and Euridice
(1762) (uncredited)
Written by Christoph Willibald Gluck
Excerpts played at the opera
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Norma at her best!
5 June 2005 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

I was delighted to see this at the rental store because I absolutely adore Norma Shearer and had yet to see this piece of work. Overall it was very nice, with extravagant costumes (This must have been high up on Liberace's top 100 list), good acting, and fantastic directing. The only thing I have a major problem with is the fact that the director tried to cram in too much of her life into the span of only 2 and a half hours. You first start the movie with Marie Antoinette finding out she is to be married to Louis the XVI, then during the film so much goes on that you sort of have a hard time keeping up with how much time has past in her life, until finally you get to the crucial part in the film where her and her husband are to be executed. I don't know much about her life so I honestly have no idea how much they left out, but as a regular film watcher, I found this piece to be just wonderful. Norma Shearer did such a great job near the end, when she was about to be beheaded. When Count Axel de Fersen comes down the stairs into her dungeon to bid her a final fairwell, you really get the feeling that she is just completely drained with all emotion by the simple look in her eyes. I must admit to shedding some tears during that scene. Another highly recommended film. 8/10


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