Flashback Friday-Marie Antoinette (2006)

In her own time, Marie Antoinette’s reputation depended on  whom one spoke to. She was either liked and respected by the elite because of her status or hated by the common person.

The 2006 movie, Marie Antoinette, with Kirsten Dunst in the lead role, starts with her marriage to Louis XVI (Jason Schwartzman). Their marriage, like all royal marriages is an arranged one. Marie lives in the lap of luxury and becomes quite spoiled. Her job as queen is bring a royal heir into the world, but her husband is not too eager to do the deed.

Director Sofia Coppola has a very interesting take on her subject. Most of the movie is light and frothy, which makes sense because Marie and Louie were teenagers when they married. The film does get dark as it follows the characters  as French Revolution starts and ends of the monarchy in France.

I happen to like this movie. Ms. Coppola’s approach is to present her lead characters as an ordinary young woman (well as ordinary as a Queen Of France can be) whom she hopes that the young women who watch this movie will relate to. But there is also enough history to keep the movie grounded in the time period.

I recommend it.

 

2 Comments

Filed under Flashback Friday, History, Movie Review, Movies

2 responses to “Flashback Friday-Marie Antoinette (2006)

  1. I keep meaning to give this one a spin. After seeing Dunst in Melancholia, I developed a new found admiration for her as an actress. Good review.

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  2. Feminism Through Cinema and Literature

    Great post. I too like this movie. Sofia Coppolla’s vision of life at versaille is so thrilling.

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