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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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Let Them Eat Cake See more »


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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:

Marie Antoinette 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

Gross USA:

$15,962,471

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$60,862,471
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Joseph II was an odd choice to teach Louis XVI about reproduction. All of Joseph's known children died in childhood, and he apparently never reproduced for the last 27 years of his life. He could, however, afford to rest on the laurels of his brother and heir-presumptive Leopold II, who had many children including Franz II (powerful sometime-rival-sometime-ally of Napoléon Bonaparte). Strangely enough, such a lesson really happened. Joseph visited Marie Antoinette in 1777 and, in a letter to his brother, boasted about his lesson to Louis. In 1778 Marie's daughter Marie Thérèse Charlotte was born. See more »

Goofs

When Marie Antoinette is requesting larger trees for the walkway, the lady-in-waiting behind her is wearing the same thin white ruffled dress that we see Marie commissioning from a dressmaker some years later, and wearing at the Petit Trianon. See more »

Quotes

[from trailer]
Marie-Antoinette: This is ridiculous.
Comtesse de Noailles: This, Madame, is Versailles.
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Soundtracks

Il Secondo Giorno Instrumental
Written by Jean-Benoît Dunckel & Nicolas Godin
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Gidget Goes to Versailles
26 May 2006 | by cnewfSee all my reviews

and when she gets there, she gets bored, gossips, reads Rousseau, and has beach-blanket pot parties in Amadeus outfits. I did like the music, there is one inspired masked ball and a good "watch the sun rise" scene - the strength of this film is its connection to high school culture, seen through the eyes of a sweet, utterly conventional and finally boring teenage girl, projected from the California suburbs onto 18th century France. This is obviously also the film's weakness: this movie is a beautiful, expensive still life that knows nothing at all about French history, Europe, the Revolution, the Bourbons, how the ancien regime worked, how incompetent wars and not Marie Antoinette's Imelda-Marcos-like shoe fetish ran up the debt, about the conflict in North America with England and Spain, about how leading members of French government actually had brains - the films displays a nitwit, decadent, wig-loving, golden-furniture France as though seen by a France-hater in the Bush administration. As my brother pointed out, the movie also blew the subject of a potentially great movie, which is Marie Antoinette's inspired, sometimes brilliant defense of herself at her later trial. Trying to learn about what happened to the French court from this film is like trying to learn about American corporate culture by watching J.R Ewing's 30 second business deals at the Cattlemen's Club on Dallas. Well sure, politics wasn't the subject of the movie, but why is the "chick stuff" buried in diamonds and champagne? That makes these women seem way less tough and intelligent than they actually were in the bloody contact sport of French court politics. As an American watching this in Paris I was struck by the film's lack of historical, political, and cultural sophistication, in which Dunst is in every single frame and it's all one gigantic royal slumber party until the peasants show up in an illiterate wordless mass baying for bread and blood and shaking their satanic harvesting tools. Ouch: The film makes the most sense as a weird allegory of Hollywood inbreeding.


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