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Marie Antoinette (2006)

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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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Sofia Coppola

Writer:

Sofia Coppola
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kirsten Dunst ... Marie Antoinette
Jason Schwartzman ... Louis XVI
Judy Davis ... Comtesse de Noailles
Rip Torn ... Louis XV
Rose Byrne ... Duchesse de Polignac
Asia Argento ... Comtesse du Barry
Molly Shannon ... Aunt Victoire
Shirley Henderson ... Aunt Sophie
Danny Huston ... Emperor Joseph II
Marianne Faithfull ... Empress Maria Theresa
Mary Nighy ... Princesse Lamballe
Sebastian Armesto ... Comte Louis de Provence
Jamie Dornan ... Count Axel Fersen
Aurore Clément ... Duchesse de Char
Guillaume Gallienne ... Vergennes
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Storyline

"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 Scrltrose83

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, partial nudity and innuendo | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | France | Japan

Language:

English | Latin | French

Release Date:

20 October 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

María Antonieta See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,361,050, 22 October 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,962,471, 3 December 2006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$60,862,471, 15 March 2007
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Director Sofia Coppola, the daughter of The Godfather (1972) director Francis Ford Coppola, included in her cast many performers who are also children of famous film professionals: her cousin, Jason Schwartzman, is the son of actress Talia Shire and producer Jack Schwartzman; Asia Argento is the daughter of Italian horror director Dario Argento; Mary Nighy is the daughter of British actor Bill Nighy; Katrine Boorman is the daughter of British director John Boorman; Danny Huston is the son of American director John Huston and the grandson of character actor Walter Huston; and Io Bottoms, who played a lady-in-waiting, is the daughter of actor Sam Bottoms (brother of Ben Bottoms, Timothy Bottoms, and Joseph Bottoms) and Susan Arnold. See more »

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When Marie-Antoinette is celebrating her birthday outside, it is clearly summer, with green grass and flowers. Marie-Antoinette's birthday was in fact in November. See more »

Quotes

Duchesse de Polignac: There's something in the oysters!
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Version of The Queen's Necklace (1929) See more »

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Opus 17
Written & Performed by Dustin O'Halloran
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Sofia Coppola's Soap Opera
22 May 2010 | by ChrysanthepopSee all my reviews

Sophia Coppola really seems to know how to ruin a potentially great movie concept. Marie Antoinette is a fascinating figure in European history and one would expect the movie to account for at least a few interesting things that happened when she came to France to live with the prince. What we see is another sugarcoated Hollywood movie which is pretty much exactly like those teen highschool movies where rich young girls gossip, obsess with fashion and popularity etc. The only difference here are the costumes and the fact that not all the women in this movie are as young.

To top it off, the soundtrack...well, let me first put it this way, as a stand alone compilation, it's terrific to listen to but the way the modern tunes and songs have been incorporated in the sequences looks ill fit. It looks like a the characters have gone to a current day costume party rather than a movie of the period. Moreover, Coppola fails to draw the body language and nuances of the French culture from her actors. Not once does one get the impression that this is a story about France. As a result of bad direction and terrible writing, the performances of the actors suffer even though Kirsten Dunst does the best she could with the given material.

The director portrays Antoinette as naive and frivolous. There is no mention of her historical accomplishments or failures. Now it isn't an easy task to convincingly tell the story of a historical figure in two hours but Coppola focuses the entire two hours on Antoinette being fascinated by her riches and partying around. A competent director and writer could have done so much more with the storytelling. In the current case, only near the very end things start to move along but here too the story speeds up at such a superfast pace that the ending is extremely abrupt and contrived.

'Marie Antoinette' is like a bad birthday present that is wrapped beautifully but once unwrapped, the gift itself is far from satisfactory.


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