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.
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"All eyes will be on you," says the Austrian Empress, Maria Theresa to her youngest daughter Marie Antoinette. The film, marketed for a teen audience, is an impressionistic retelling of Marie Antoinette's life as a young queen in the opulent and eccentric court at Versailles. The film focuses on Marie Antoinette, as she matures from a teenage bride to a young woman and eventual queen of France. Written by
Joseph II may seem like an odd choice to teach Louis XVI about reproduction. All of Joseph's known children died in childhood, and he apparently never reproduced for the last 27 years of his life. He could, however, afford to rest on the laurels of his brother and heir-presumptive Leopold II, who had many children including Franz II (powerful rival and ally of Napoléon Bonaparte). This being said, the scene is still based on historical evidence. Joseph visited Marie Antoinette in 1777 and, in a letter to his brother, boasted about his lesson to Louis. In 1778 their daughter Marie Thérèse Charlotte was born. See more »
Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI actually had four children, not three as pictured in the painting in the movie. Their fourth child, Sophie-Beatrix died as a baby as was insinuated by the painting, but at that time they also had three other children. Marie-Therese, Louis-Joseph and Louis-Charles. Louis-Joseph would have just passed away (from tuberculosis) at the time that Versailles was overthrown. In the original painting of Marie Antoinette and her four children Louis-Charles in sitting on her lap, this is not shown in the painting in the movie, nor are the ages of the children accurate historically. See more »
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 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.
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