This movie recieved a ton of negative reviews and press. A lot of it had to do with the fact that it did not focus on the historical aspect of the era, didn't show the beheading of the Queen etc.
Personally, I though it was phenomenal. I wasn't looking for a lesson in history and an uptight period film. Sofia Coppola meant for it to be a glimpse into the life of a troubled rich girl who was forced to leave her country at 17 and magically transform into an hier-producing Queen.
All the hedonistic activities, debauchery and self-indulgent behaviour displayed in the movie was Marie Antoinette's way of escapism. It is ridiculous that she lived in a luxurious bubble eating pastries and drinking champagne while the rest of France starved. But I don't think that was the point of the movie. And I don't think it's right to compare it to Lost in Translation either. Judging it on its own, in the artistic sense, it was brilliant.
Random things I loved/found interesting about this movie:
- Coppola was given unprecedeted access to Versailles by the Government of France
- Kirsten Dunst wore a total of 60 gowns
- The palette of the movie was based on the colours of macaroons
- Jason Shwartzman as King Louis XVI, providing comic relief
- The Dutchess of Polignac - I would love to party with her
- The array of footwear Manolo Blahnik designed esp. for the movie
- The lavish desserts made for the movie by Ladurée
- Count Fersen - yum!
- The beautiful imagery of Versailles and the wardrobe (obviously!)
- The daring soundtrack
Stills from the movie
At the Oscars where it won an Academy Award for Best Costume Design
Random magazine article and features
In Vogue US (one of my favourite issues)
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