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)

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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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26 August 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

María Antonieta  »

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$2,926,000 (estimated)
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| (original road show print including entry, intermission and exit music)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Sepiatone)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Gladys George (who plays du Barry) and the real Jeanne Bécu, comtesse du Barry, share the same death day. George died from a cerebral hemorrhage on Dec. 8, 1954, while the comtesse was a victim of the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution and was guillotined on Dec. 8, 1793 - less than two months after Marie Antionette's own execution. 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 »

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Duke d'Orléans: Forgive my interruption. I seldom venture to intrude. I know you prefer your solitude.
Marie: It's true. I don't care a great deal for balls and banquets. There's a certain futility to court life, don't you think?
Duke d'Orléans: Hummm...? Oh, quite, quite...
Marie: My husband, as you know, has simple tastes and I am content with my books and music.
Duke d'Orléans: Oh, and here I come blundering into your little oasis.
[He gets up to leave]
Duke d'Orléans: Well, the least I can do is to take myself away quickly.
Princesse de Lamballe: Oh, no! No, no, no!
Marie: Please don't go! Do sit ...
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Referenced in The Legend of 'Cat Ballou' (2000) See more »

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Dance of the Furies
by Gluck
From the opera Orpheus and Eurydice
[Heard as background score during the masked ball sequence.]
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Norma Shearer's Greatest Triumph!
19 July 2000 | by (australia) – See all my reviews

This is a fantastic movie, a real emotional roller coaster, one feels emotionally exhausted at the end, the last 20mins are truly harrowing. How Norma Shearer didn't win the academy award for best actress is beyond me. Other great performances include the debut of Robert Morley and the incredible acting of Joseph Schildkraut, the makeup he wears must have been truely scandalous at the time. The costumes are spectacular you really are taken back to the late 1770's. another point of note is how Norma Shearer ages in the film is incredible, from the young girl in the beginning to the much older broken woman at the end, very well done indeed. Tyrone Power is very good as well, one can go on for ages about Marie Antoinette, it truly is a spectacle in the grand MGM scale. 8 1/2 out of 10!


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