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Marie Antoinette

Release Date: October 20, 2006
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Movie of the Day for Wednesday, December 22, 2004
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Mmmm, cake!

On the Big Board
Position Staff In Brief
32/47 Amanda Jones Pretty enough, but devoid of story and paced too unevenly to hold my interest.
39/52 Les Winan Surprisingly slight given the incredible set and costume design. I know what it's about, just not what it's about.
44/159 David Mumpower Spirited take on the lifestyle of a royal is a bit melodramatic at times, but Kirsten Dunst is impossibly winning. And the I Want Candy scene is grrrreat.
54/68 Michael Bentley The colorful New Wave look and sound can't save it from Dunst, or from being unengaging and uninspired.
179/200 Max Braden Pretty, but absolutely pointless. Sofia, what gives?

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"Let them eat cake."

Marie Antoinette actually never said that.

She was, however, a virulently despised figure by the radicals of the French Revolution. The legendary queen and youngest daughter of Holy Roman Emperor Francis I was born in Vienna on November 2, 1755. Fifteen years later, she had married the crown prince of France and became queen when her husband was crowned King Louis XVI four years later. She was a mere 19-years-old.

The beautiful queen was unhappy in her marriage, though. Louis was homely and awkward, and his devotion to hunting and his workshop stood in stark opposition to her love of the arts, fashion and dance. Though everyone recognized that Marie was a great beauty, Louis was shy with his affections and failed to give her the attention she craved. Their marriage actually went unconsummated for seven years. Louis' impotence turned out to be the result of a medical condition, and he finally had surgery to aid him with the problem. In the meantime, Marie Antoinette suffered snide remarks and taunts about her inability to produce an heir to the throne.

Her difficulties with her husband were not all that ailed her. Marie Antoinette was bored with the public duties required of her and became wry and sarcastic as a result. Still, as time went by, she began to exercise all the power that being queen embodied. She was completely extravagant and traveled in social circles of the greatest frivolity and indiscretion. Rumor had it that she was having an affair.

Her beauty was such that fashion was one of her greatest pursuits. She spent ridiculous amounts of money to stay clothed in the highest fashion of the day. Her excess went so far that she became an object of ridicule. After numerous scandals and the eventual downfall of the monarchy, Marie Antoinette was sentenced to death. She was beheaded at the guillotine on October 16, 1793.

Marie Antoinette's story will be told for a 21st century audience in a stylized film from Sofia Coppola, who drew substantial critical attention for her first two films, The Virgin Suicides and Lost in Translation. As with her other projects, she will write the screenplay and direct the film. Coppola will reunite with her Virgin Suicides star Kirsten Dunst, who is set to star as the queen. Jason Schwartzman, Coppola's cousin and star of Rushmore, will play Louis XVI. (Kim Hollis/BOP)


Vital statistics for Marie Antoinette
Main Cast Kirsten Dunst, Jason Schwartzman, Rip Torn
Supporting Cast Molly Shannon
Director Sofia Coppola
Screenwriter Sofia Coppola
Distributor Sony/Columbia
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
Official Site http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/marieantoinette/index.html
Rating PG-13
Running Time 123 minutes
Screen Count 859
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture


     


 
 

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