Marie Antoinette films

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If you are interested in historical films about royals, you must watch the Marie Antoinette film from 2016, written and directed by Sofia Coppola. Kirsten Dunst starring as Marie Antoinette and Versailles Palace as itself, simply gorgeous! 

Since the early days of the film industry, over 20 Marie Antoinette films were made. Her fascinating story and horrible death under the guillotine is excellent movie material.  Here are the 2 of the best Marie Antoinette films.

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Marie Antoinette (2006)

You can watch Marie Antoinette online on Amazon prime and on Netflix. 

Director: Sofia Coppola

Writer: Sofia Coppola

Starring: Kirsten Dunst as Marie Antoinette, Jason Schwartzman as Louis XVI of France and Rip Torn as Louis XV of France.

Apart from the first few scenes of the movies where we see Maria Antonia in the Hofburg Palace in Austria, most scenes of this film are recorded at the real Palace of Versailles.
That is actually the small and secluded habitat where the life of Marie Antoinette took place until the start of the French Revolution.

The film does not dwell on the political and historical issues that led to that revolution.  It merely depicts the reality of the life of this royal family, living in their golded cage.

It is a feel-good movie with beautiful dresses and outrageous hairdo's, showing a life of partying, gambling, eating and drinking. Meanwhile, you feel the pressure on this teenage Queen, who got married at age 15 to a 16-year-old boy and becomes queen at age 19. The pressure to produce an heir, to behave, to live up to the expectations of her mother (the empress of Austria) and her brother, and to that of all the other courtiers that are watching every step she takes.   

The film is based on the biography Marie Antoinette: The Journey, by Antonia Fraser. 

Watch the Marie Antoinette (2006) Official Trailer on Youtube 

Farewell, My Queen (2012) 

You can watch Farewell, My Queen  online on Amazon prime

Director: Benoît Jacquot

Writer: Chantal Thomas

 Starring: Léa Seydoux as Sidonie Laborde, Diane Kruger as Marie-Antoinette and Virginie Ledoyen as Gabrielle de Polastron, duchesse de Polignac.

This film also has the Palace of Versailles as decor. We see the life of Marie Antoinette through the eyes of a servant.   

Sidonie Laborde is 'reader to the queen' during the last days that the royal family is in the palace. The French Revolution is on its way and the tension is felt during the entire movie.
When the film starts on the 14th of July 1789, the day starts as usual. But the mood changes as whispers and gossip fill the lavish rooms and hallways.   Many aristocrats and servants flee the palace when the news of the storming of the Bastille gets around. Sidonie serves her queen until the end. 

The film sheds a very different light on Court life at Versailles palace. The small rooms of the servants, the flees, the rats and the smells. The disdain with which they are treated by the nobility. It all adds up to a clear picture of life in the 'downstairs' of the palace of Versailles. 

The film is based on the book Farewell, My Queen: A Novel by Chantal Thomas. Original title Les adieux à la reine. 

Watch the Official Trailer of Farewell, My Queen on Youtube 

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