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Marie Antoinette
- Kirsten Dunst

Overview - Sofia Coppola follows up her Oscar-winning LOST IN TRANSLATION with her most ambitious effort yet. Based on the book MARIE ANTOINETTE: THE JOURNEY by Antonia Fraser, Coppola's film infuses modern pop-culture elements into a regal, historical biopic, resulting in a strikingly original work.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Sofia Coppola follows up her Oscar-winning LOST IN TRANSLATION with her most ambitious effort yet. Based on the book MARIE ANTOINETTE: THE JOURNEY by Antonia Fraser, Coppola's film infuses modern pop-culture elements into a regal, historical biopic, resulting in a strikingly original work. Kirsten Dunst plays Marie Antoinette, a 14-year-old Austrian who is about to wed France's next king, Louis XVI (a fattened-up Jason Schwartzman). Her new life is a constant barrage of pomp and circumstance, which baffles the otherwise ordinary teenager. While love has nothing to do with the union between Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI, producing an offspring does. Unfortunately, Louis XVI shows no interest in having a physical relationship with his willing wife. Instead, Marie Antoinette begins to embrace her life of royalty, biding her time by shopping and partying and living the life of a spoiled teenager. As time passes, Louis XVI works out his problems and soon the couple has begun to bear children. But eventually, the impoverished French people become fed up with the disparity of wealth between the royal family and the average Frenchman, unleashing a revolt that would change the course of history forever. Coppola's decision to use a modern pop-music soundtrack (Bow Wow Wow, the Strokes) is bold, to be sure, yet it is the type of personal choice that rings firmly true. Another brave decision was to let her well-assembled cast (including Judy Davis, Danny Huston, Rip Torn, Asia Argento, and Marianne Faithful) speak in their natural accents. Decisions like these are what make MARIE ANTOINETTE such a personal, distinct work, proving that Coppola only continues to grow as an artist. This film was selected for inclusion in the 44th New York Film Festival organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Awards:
2006 - Academy Awards - Best Costume Design Winner

Cast List

Ross Katz - Producer "Trick"
Francis Ford Coppola - American Director, THE GODFATHER SAGA
Rip Torn - American Actor/Director
Elmore Rual Torn - American Actor/Director
Marianne Faithfull - British Singer
Jason Schwartzman - American Actor, RUSHMORE (1999)
Jamie Dornan - Star, MARIE ANTOINETTE, (2006)
Shirley Henderson - Actress, WONDERLAND, HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE
Sofia Coppola - American Actress/Screenwriter/Director
Nicolas Godin - Founding member of Air
Steve Coogan - British comedian/actor
Molly Shannon - Actress, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
Kirsten Dunst - American actor, INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE/BRING IT ON
Asia Argento - Italian Actress
Jean-Benoît Dunckel - Founding member of Air
Lance Acord - Director of Photography
Antonia Fraser - Source Writer, MARIE ANTOINETTE, (2006)
Phoenix - French band
Aurore Clement - French Actress
Judy Davis - Australian Actress, BARTON FINK (1991)

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 123
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 043396159105
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA) (for sexual content, partial nudity and innuendo.)
  • Release Date: January 2011

Related Categories:
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Movies > Biography

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Notes:
Theatrical Release: October 20, 2006

Reviews:
3 stars out of 5 -- "Undeniably a feast for the eyes and ears..." - 07/01/2006 Box Office, p.54


3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[A] thoroughly delightful and, yes provocative picture....Disguised as a confection, and most effective as a cinematic intoxicant." - 10/01/2006 Premiere, p.40


"[A] visual triumph....Coppola plunges us into an exotic world; she completely envelops us in Marie's daily rituals." - 09/01/2006 Movieline's Hollywood Life, p.100-101


4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his is a punk film, one to shun stuffy straightjackets much as its heroine did during her life....The soundtrack's perfect..." - 11/01/2006 Total Film, p.37


"Dreamy and decadent, the film is also touching, funny and bracingly modern." - 10/20/2006 New York Times, p.E26


"[T]he work of a mature filmmaker who has identified and developed a new cinematic vocabulary to describe a new breed of post-post-postfeminist woman." -- Grade: B+ - 10/27/2006 Entertainment Weekly, p.51


3.5 stars out of 4 -- "With lyrical intelligence and scrappy wit, Coppola creates a luscious world to get lost in. It's a pleasure." - 11/02/2006 Rolling Stone, p.88


Included in Premiere's "10 Best Movies Of The Year" -- "[C]lever, cheeky, and, yes, relevant." - 01/01/2006 Premiere, p.48


3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] heady, contemporary vision of events that vividly captures the lavish decadence and the superficiality of a snide aristocracy, all set to an eclectic pop and classical soundtrack." - 03/01/2007 Ultimate DVD, p.101

 
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