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Marie Antoinette

  • Drama
  • History
  • 2005
  • Sofia Coppola
  • 117 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Biographical historical drama, starring Kirsten Dunst and Jason Schwartzman. In the latter part of the 18th century, free-spirited Archduchess Maria Antonia heads from the imperial court of Austria to Versailles. There, she will enter upon a prearranged marriage with the shy future king of France.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

USED 2/01/2022 Director Sofia Coppola's modernist take on the life of the infamous 18th-century monarch plays like an extended 1980s pop video. Although based on Antonia Fraser's respected biography, hard fact gives way to a stylised portrait of the naive 14-year-old Austrian princess (a coquettish Kirsten Dunst) as she heads to Versailles to marry the shy Dauphin (Jason Schwartzman). Coppola is more interested in court protocol and the pressures of privilege than revolutionary incident, while historical authenticity is undercut by bursts of anachronistic pop music, including a masked rave to Siouxsie and the Banshees' Hong Kong Garden. The film is ravishing to look at, thanks to the production team's unprecedented access to Versailles itself. ALAN JONES Director Sofia Coppola's modernist take on the life of the infamous 18th-century monarch who said "let them eat cake" plays like an extended 1980s pop video. Although based on Antonia Fraser's respected biography, hard fact gives way to a stylised portrait of the naive 14-year-old Austrian princess (a coquettish Kirsten Dunst) as she heads to Versailles to marry the shy Dauphin (a blank Jason Schwartzman). The seven years it took before the consummation of her marriage meant navigating ruthless court protocol, manners and diplomacy, and it's the pressures of privilege that interest Coppola more than any revolutionary incident. Historical authenticity is undercut further by bursts of anachronistic pop music, including a masked rave to Siouxsie and the Banshees's Hong Kong Garden. The film is ravishing to look at, thanks to the production team's unprecedented access to Versailles, but its frothy charm eventually wears thin.

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Credits

Cast

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Marie AntoinetteKirsten Dunst
Louis XVIJason Schwartzman
Comtesse de NoaillesJudy Davis
Louis XVRip Torn
Duchesse de PolignacRose Byrne
Comtesse du BarryAsia Argento
Aunt SophieShirley Henderson
Emperor JosephDanny Huston
Maria TeresaMarianne Faithfull
Ambassador MercySteve Coogan
Duchesse de ChartresAurore Clément

Crew

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DirectorSofia Coppola

Details

Theatrical distributor
Sony Pictures
Released on
2006-10-20
Languages
English | Latin | French
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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