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Running Time:
2 hour, 3 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
for sexual content, partial nudity and innuendo

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
Sofia Coppola takes an original approach to this historical drama and has made a charmingly contemporary movie with a ravishing look but little substance.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Closed Caption; Deleted scenes; Making-of featurette; Cribs with Louis XVI featurette - Jason Schwartzman gives viewers a tour of the Palace of Versailles



Marie Antoinette
This is the third film from the daughter of Francis Ford Coppola ("The Godfather), writer-director Sofia Coppola ("The Virgin Suicides" and "Lost in Translation). It was inspired by the 2001 biography, "Marie Antoinette: The Journey" by Antonia Fraser.

The film begins in Austria where the Holy Roman Emperor Francis I arranges the marriage of his 14 year-old daughter Marie Antoinette (Kirsten Dunst "Spider-Man") to France’s dauphin (Jason Schwartzman "Rushmore"). Supported in the plan by her mother Marie Theresa (Marianne Faithfull - the singer in "Thelma and Louise"), the young girl is forced to leave her past behind, including her puppy, to travel to a country where she has never been, and marry a man whom she has never seen. This would seem to be a suitable union for the French heir to the throne who will one day succeed his grandfather, Louis XV. Naturally, she was expected to give France a proper heir to the throne, although consummating their marriage seemed to be something Louis was unwilling or unable to do, much to the consternation of the politically-minded denizens at the palace at Versailles. She has few other options than to seek solace in polite drunkenness, shopping, and partying all night, while waiting for her naïve husband to find himself.

This is only the second time this story has been made into a movie. The first was in 1938 when Norma Shearer played the beleaguered Queen. Coppola has directed her historical characters as if they were players in a modern teen drama. Her soundtrack mixes punk-rock classics with classical music to demonstrate the various tones of Marie Antoinette's reign.

The supporting cast does a fine job of bringing humor and vitality to their roles as 18th-century French aristocrats. Rip Torn ("Men in Black") is suitably rascally as Louis XV, Steve Coogan ("Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story") plays Ambassador Mercy, the Queen’s chief advisor, Judy Davis ("Husbands and Wives") is the imperious Comtesse de Noailles and Asia Argento ("Land of the Dead") romps in the role of the lascivious Comtesse du Barry. This is an intriguing, modernist look at the notorious queen, her sumptuous life and her ultimate demise, but it's also overlong and basically empty.






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