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Marie Antoinette ()


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The tragic life of Marie Antoinette, who became queen of France in her late teens.

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  • Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination.
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Marie Antoinette
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Count Axel de Fersen
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King Louis XV
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King Louis XVI
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Princesse de Lamballe
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Duke d'Orléans
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Mme. du Barry
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Count de Mercey
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Countess de Noailles
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Prince de Rohan
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Comte d'Artois
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La Motte
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Toulan
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Comte de Provence (as Albert Van Dekker)
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Empress Maria Theresa
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Drouet
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Robespierre
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The Dauphin
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Princesse Thérèse
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Passport Official (uncredited)
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Man with Pike (uncredited)
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Rabblerouser (uncredited)
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Nobleman at Court (uncredited)
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Girl (uncredited)
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Municipal Taking the Young Dauphin (uncredited)
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Citizen-Officer (uncredited)
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Townsman at Execution (uncredited)
Thomas Braidon ...
Lackey (uncredited)
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Official in Passport Office (uncredited)
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Gamin (uncredited)
John Burton ...
Lafayette (uncredited)
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Mme. La Motte (uncredited)
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Second Municipal Taking the Young Dauphin (uncredited)
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Lemonade Vendor (uncredited)
David Cavendish ...
Beauregard (uncredited)
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Revolutionary Officer (uncredited)
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Lady in Waiting to Madame Du Barry (uncredited)
Ocean Claypool ...
Woman in Gaming House (uncredited)
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Man in Gaming House (uncredited)
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Executioner (uncredited)
Earl Covert ...
Singer in Death Chant (uncredited)
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Citizen at Tribunal (uncredited)
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Danton (uncredited)
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Mme. 'Feldy' de Lerchenfeld (uncredited)
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Minister at King's Council (uncredited)
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Toulon (uncredited)
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Monsieur de Cosse (uncredited)
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Archbishop (uncredited)
Vernon Downing ...
Man in Gaming House (uncredited)
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Woman Yelling at Rabblerouser (uncredited)
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King's Chamberlain (uncredited)
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Man with Goblet (uncredited)
Harold Entwistle ...
Old Aristocrat at Opera (uncredited)
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Woman in Gaming House (uncredited)
Al Ferguson ...
Soldier (uncredited)
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Peddler (uncredited)
Neil Fitzgerald ...
First Councilor (uncredited)
Jack George ...
Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
Maude Turner Gordon ...
Dowager (uncredited)
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Woman in Gaming House (uncredited)
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Old Nobleman at Birth of Dauphin (uncredited)
Jack Grey ...
Courtesan (uncredited)
Ben Hall ...
Young Man Fetching Priest (uncredited)
Ben Hendricks Jr. ...
National Guardsman (uncredited)
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Herald (uncredited)
Ramsay Hill ...
Major Domo (uncredited)
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Marquis De St. Priest (uncredited)
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Streetwalker (uncredited)
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Olivia (uncredited)
Hugh Huntley ...
Man in Opera Gallery (uncredited)
Arthur Hurni ...
Rabblerouser (uncredited)
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Duchess de Polignac (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ...
Monsieur Boehmer - the Jeweler (uncredited)
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Keeper of the Seal (uncredited)
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General (uncredited)
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Guard in Louis' Cell (uncredited)
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Choisell (uncredited)
George Kirby ...
Priest (uncredited)
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Court Aide (uncredited)
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Franz (uncredited)
Duke R. Lee ...
Coach Driver (uncredited)
Harts Lind ...
Nurse (uncredited)
Jacques Lory ...
French Peasant (uncredited)
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Soldier with Rude Laugh (uncredited)
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Rabblerouser (uncredited)
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Soldier Announcing Birth (uncredited)
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Lady in Waiting to Du Barry (uncredited)
Frances Millen ...
Lady in Waiting to Du Barry (uncredited)
M. Morova ...
Singer in Death Chant (uncredited)
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LaRue (uncredited)
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Man Yelling 'Have You Proof?' (uncredited)
Bea Nigro ...
Woman at the Opera (uncredited)
Mimi Olivera ...
Lady in Waiting to Du Barry (uncredited)
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Bearded Leader of the People (uncredited)
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Louise - Marie's Maid (uncredited)
Claire Owen ...
Woman in Gaming House (uncredited)
Inez Palange ...
Fish Wife (uncredited)
Billy Platt ...
Midget in Student Ball Number (uncredited)
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Convention President (uncredited)
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Second Guardsman (uncredited)
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Rabblerouser (uncredited)
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Goguelot (uncredited)
'Little Billy' Rhodes ...
Midget in Student Ball Number (uncredited)
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Revolutionary Officer (uncredited)
Lionel Royce ...
Guillaume (uncredited)
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St. Clair (uncredited)
Brent Sargent ...
St. Pre (uncredited)
Harry Semels ...
Townsman at Execution (uncredited)
Allen D. Sewall ...
Citizen (uncredited)
Kathryn Sheldon ...
Mrs. Tilson - Setting the Table for Four (uncredited)
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Sauce (uncredited)
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Footman (uncredited)
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National Guardsman Bringing Toy Soldier (uncredited)
Harry Stubbs ...
Second Councilor (uncredited)
Frank Arthur Swales ...
Chimney Sweep (uncredited)
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Man in Gaming House (uncredited)
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Dowager at Birth of Dauphin (uncredited)
Dorothy Tuttle ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Officer in Entrance Hall (uncredited)
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King's Confessor (uncredited)
Charles Waldron ...
Swedish Ambassador (uncredited)
Walter Walker ...
Dr. Benjamin Franklin (uncredited)
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Woman in Gaming House (uncredited)
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Marat (uncredited)
Lyons Wickland ...
Laclos (uncredited)
Tudor Williams ...
Singer in Death Chant (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ...
Juror (uncredited)
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Herbert - the Jailer (uncredited)
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Governor of Conciergerie (uncredited)

Directed by

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W.S. Van Dyke ... (as W.S. Van Dyke II)
Julien Duvivier ... (uncredited)

Written by

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Claudine West ... (screen play) &
Donald Ogden Stewart ... (screen play) and
Ernest Vajda ... (screen play)
 
Stefan Zweig ... (based in part on the book by)
 
Zoe Akins ... () (uncredited)
 
F. Scott Fitzgerald ... () (uncredited)
 
Bruno Frank ... () (uncredited)
 
Samuel Hoffenstein ... () (uncredited)
 
Talbot Jennings ... (dialogue) (uncredited)
 
Noel Langley ... () (uncredited)
 
Robert E. Sherwood ... () (uncredited)
 
Carey Wilson ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

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Hunt Stromberg ... producer
Irving Thalberg ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Herbert Stothart

Cinematography by

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William H. Daniels ... (photographed by) (as William Daniels)
George J. Folsey ... (uncredited)
Leonard Smith ... (uncredited)

Film Editing by

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Robert Kern ... film editor (as Robert J. Kern)

Art Direction by

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Cedric Gibbons

Set Decoration by

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Henry Grace ... (uncredited)

Costume Design by

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Adrian ... (gowns)
Gile Steele ... (costumes: men)

Makeup Department

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Jack Dawn ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Frank Messenger ... unit manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Jacques Tourneur ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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William A. Horning ... associate art director
Edwin B. Willis ... associate art director
Harry Johnson ... Illustrator (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Douglas Shearer ... recording director
Bill Edmondson ... sound (uncredited)
William Steinkamp ... sound (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Slavko Vorkapich ... montage effects

Camera and Electrical Department

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Louis Kolb ... electrical engineer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Eugene Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Music Department

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Leo Arnaud ... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Bassman ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Murray Cutter ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Robert W. Stringer ... orchestrator (uncredited)

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Dorothy Kelley ... secretary: William H. Daniels
Albertina Rasch ... dances
George Richelavie ... technical advisor
Bob Barnes ... production staff (uncredited)
Rebecca Breskin ... researcher (uncredited)
Ray Deichsel ... researcher (uncredited)
Howard Dietz ... press representative (uncredited)
Ralph Faulkner ... fight choreographer (uncredited)
May Huyn ... researcher (uncredited)
Thelma Johnson ... researcher (uncredited)
Elliott Morgan ... researcher (uncredited)
Mary Smith ... researcher (uncredited)
John Wenzel ... researcher (uncredited)

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Sidney Franklin ... grateful acknowledgment: for his contribution of the production preparation
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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Marie-Antoinette (France)
  • Marie-Antoinette (Germany)
  • María Antonieta (Spain)
  • Mária Antoinette (Hungary)
  • マリー・アントワネットの生涯 (Japan, Japanese title)
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  • 149 min
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Budget $2,926,000 (estimated)

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Trivia From its initial inception up until right before the cameras started to roll, the film was designed to be shot in Technicolor. All of the sets and costumes were designed with color in mind. MGM went as far as to send the fox cape that Norma Shearer wears (to see Henry Stephenson on the night she becomes Queen) to New York to be specially dyed to match the blue of her eyes. Fearing that the addition of Technicolor would swell the already mammoth (for the time) $1.8-million budget, the production went before black-and-white cameras instead. 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 »
Movie Connections Edited into Hollywood: The Dream Factory (1972). See more »
Soundtracks Amour Eternal Amour See more »
Quotes King Louis XVI: I don't want to be king. People expect so much of a king. Nothing comes easily to me.
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