Marie Antoinette

Production year: 2006

Drama PG-13   Running time: 2:03

IMDB rating:   6.4     Aspect: Wide;  Languages: English, French;  Subtitles: English, French;  Audio: DD 5.1

Inspired by Antonia Fraser's biography and set to a soundtrack of post-punk (a conceit that adds more interest than resonance), the teenaged Marie (Kirsten Dunst, quite good) may be shallow, but she's rarely unsympathetic. The story begins in the late-18th century as the Austrian Archduchess agrees to marry Louis-Auguste (Jason Schwartzman). After bidding adieu to her mother, Maria Theresa (Marianne Faithfull), she travels to France, where King Louis XV (Rip Torn) sets the rules--and the list is endless (Judy Davis' Comtesse de Noailles is the primary enforcer). As for the Dauphin, he's just a boy, really, with more interest in his key collection than their marriage bed. Should Marie produce an heir, it might be enough to sustain her--since life is nothing but an endless shopping spree--but clouds gather on the horizon as an impoverished populace rises up against their extravagant leaders. Coppola merely suggests what happens next, although history paints a darker picture. Filmed in and around the Chateau of Versailles, Marie Antoinette is a riot of rustling gowns, sparkling jewels, and Manolo Blahnik-designed shoes. To say that style trumps substance does its maker a disservice, but the look of the thing does leave the deepest impression.

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Features

Deleted/extended scenes
Featurettes/Behind-The-Scenes/Documentaries

Special features

"Making-of" featurette
Cribs with Louis XVI featurette - Jason Schwartzman gives viewers a tour of the Palace of Versailles
Marie Antoinette