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Marie Antoinette

• Director: Sofia Coppola
• Writer: Sofia Coppola
• Release Date: 13 October 2006 (USA)
• MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual content, partial nudity and innuendo.
• Parents Guide: View content advisory for parents
• Genre: Biography | Drama | History
• Runtime: 123 min
• Box Office #s: Here

Cast Highligts
• Jason Schwartzman
• Judy Davis
• Rose Byrne

The retelling of France’s iconic but ill-fated queen, Marie Antoinette. From her betrothal and marriage to Louis XVI at 15 to her reign as queen at 19 and to the end of her reign as queen and ultimately the fall of Versailles.

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Trivia

  • In one scene while Marie Antoinette is getting ready, a pair of blue Converse tennis shoes are visible in the scene. Sofia Coppola has stated in interviews that the shoes were purposely put in the shot to portray Marie-Antoinette as a typical teenage girl, despite the time she lived in.
  • The part of Louis XV was first offered to Alain Delon. Allegedly, he met Ms. Coppola for dinner and brought the American director a huge bouquet of flowers and explained he did not think this was the type of role his fans would appreciate him in. Privately it has been speculated the French icon did not have confidence in the young American director to do justice to a film on this period of French history.
  • The French government granted special permission for the crew to film in the Palace of Versailles.
  • Even though the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles was in restoration – until spring 2007 – Sofia Coppola was allowed to film there a ball scene for the wedding of Marie-Antoinette and Louis XVI.
  • This movie was going to be produced before Lost in Translation (2003), but while Sofia Coppola was writing the screenplay struggling with historical truth and an imposing gallery of characters, she started creating another story in order to distract herself from the difficult enterprise. This parallel project – a small Japanese story – became “Lost in Translation”, whose planetary success revamped the Marie-Antoinette production.
  • Sofia Coppola refused to read the famous biography of Marie-Antoinette written by Stefan Zweig, which she judged too strict. She turned instead to the book by Antonia Fraser, which makes the queen a more human character, a young girl with no connection to reality who finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time.
  • Sofia Coppola discovered in 2000 the Marie-Antoinette biography by French historian Evelyne Lever, acquired the book rights and asked its author to accompany her on a first tour of Versailles in 2001. Coppola later turned to the queen biography written by Antonia Fraser, more popular in the United States. Lever was later asked to work as an historical consultant for the movie, writing a dossier on the queen in order to avoid mistakes and approximations.
  • Sofia Coppola had Spanish footwear designer Manolo Blahnik create hundreds of specially made shoes for the film.
  • Ladurée was chosen by Sofia Coppola to make all of the brightly colored pastries and cakes for the film.
  • A few quotes from the film are directly taken from Marie Antoinette’s actual life and from the biography by Antonia Fraser that the film is loosely based upon. Louis XV’s comment about Marie Antoinette’s bosom upon her arrival in France, Marie Antoinette’s comment on having enough diamonds when presented with the opportunity of receiving some as a gift from Madame du Barry, Marie’s comment to Madame du Barry about there being a lot of people at Versailles on the day of their infamous first exchange of words, and Marie’s comment to her husband, Louis XVI, during a gambling party, explaining that Louis told her she could throw the party but never specified for how long are all actual exchanges of words and conversations from different events in the queen’s life.
  • In the film, only three children are shown when in reality Marie Antoinette had four children. Her first daughter is portrayed, as well as her first son. However, her first son had died by the time of the march on Versailles by the rioting crowds, when in the film he is shown being escorted to the carriage with his mother. The only other child shown in the film is the one painted out of a portrait of the royal family, who would have been Marie Antoinette’s second daughter but in chronology would have been her second son, the one who in reality was alive by the time of the march on Versailles.
  • The original script of the movie briefly mentioned the Diamond Necklace Affair, a pivotal case in Marie Antoinette’s life, but it ends up never being mentioned in the movie.
  • One ancient harp built in Paris in 1783 was borrowed from the Italian “Museo dell’Arpa Victor Salvi”, in order to have a realistic environment
  • Although the film title is unhyphenated, the real life Marie-Antoinette was written with a hyphen.
  • Sofia Coppola had originally wanted Angelina Jolie for the role of Madame Du Barry, but turned it down to star in The Good Shepherd (2006), then Catherine Zeta-Jones was considered. The role eventually went to Asia Argento.
  • Was ranked #3 on US Weekly’s “Top Ten Films of 2006”.
  • As is shown in the movie, Marie Antoinette was not allowed to keep her pug, Mops, when she entered France. However, later on Count Mercy arranged for the pug to be sent to her after her marriage.
  • Sofia Coppola based the look of Count Axel von Fersen (Jamie Dornan) on 1980s pop singer Adam Ant.
  • Director Sofia Coppola, the daughter of Godfather (1972) director Francis Ford Coppola, included in her cast many performers who are also children of famous film professionals: her cousin, Jason Schwartzman, is the son of actress Talia Shire and producer Jack Schwartzman; Asia Argento is the daughter of Italian horror director Dario Argento; Mary Nighy is the daughter of British actor Bill Nighy; Katrine Boorman is the daughter of British director John Boorman; Danny Huston is the son of American director John Huston and the grandson of character actor Walter Huston; and Io Bottoms, who played a lady-in-waiting, is the daughter of actor Sam Bottoms (brother of Ben, Timothy, and Joseph) and Susan Arnold.
  • According to some history accounts, when Marie Antoinette met the rioters on the balcony of the palace, she had her eldest daughter with her. This was supposedly in order to augment a sense of sympathy for the doomed queen.
  • Director Trademark: [Sofia Coppola] [sun through leaves] The sun shines through the leaves of the tree during the picnic scene with Marie and Louis’s hunting party.
  • The blue and gold robe a la Francaise Shirley Henderson wears as Aunt Sophie was previously worn by Geraldine Somerville as Lady Emily (during the scene of Lord Kildare having dinner at Richmond House). The same gown also appeared previously in “Doctor Who” (2005) on Sophia Myles in the final ballroom scene of “The Girl in the Fireplace”.
  • Judy Davis, who plays the Comtesse de Noailles, was initially considered for the Maria Theresa role (played by Marianne Faithfull).
  • The men playing guitar(s) in the scene with a woman signing for Marie are members of the group Phoenix, the lead singer of which is dating Sofia and is father of her daughter Romy (born Tuesday, November 28, 2006).
  • The birdcage hat Rose Byrne (Duchesse de Polignac) wears is the same one Joely Richardson (Marie-Antoinette) wears in The Affair of the Necklace (2001).
  • The red gown with three jeweled buttons Asia Argento (Comtesse du Barry) wears is the same costume Hilary Swank (Jeanne St. Remy de Valois) wears in The Affair of the Necklace (2001).
  • The red satin bejeweled gauntlets Kirsten Dunst wears are the same ones Hilary Swank (Jeanne St. Remy de Valois) wears in The Affair of the Necklace (2001).
  • The black and pink cloak Kirsten Dunst wears in the coach, returning from Paris, is the same cloak previously worn by Hilary Swank as Jeanne St. Remy de Valois in The Affair of the Necklace (2001).
  • SPOILER: There is a scene toward the end of the movie which shows many princes and princesses of the blood saying farewell to the Queen before fleeing the country, including her two favorite companions, the Duchesse de Polignac and the Princesse de Lamballe. The real Duchesse de Polignac did take refuge in Switzerland. Princesse de Lamballe did initially leave the royal family for safety in England, but returned later at the request of Marie Antoinette after she and her family were caught trying to escape. She remained with the royal family until her own arrest; after refusing to sign an oath renouncing the monarchy, she was mutilated and beheaded, and her head was mounted on a pike and paraded past the prison window of the doomed Queen.

Quotes

Marie-Antoinette: This is ridiculous.
Comtesse de Noailles: This, Madame, is Versailles.

Marie-Antoinette: It’s not too much, is it?
Léonard: Oh, no!

Marie-Antoinette: Letting everyone down would be my greatest unhappiness.

Princesse de Lamballe: Can’t you do something?
Marie-Antoinette: I’m not going to acknowledge it.

Marie-Antoinette: There are a lot of people at Versailles today.
Madame du Barry: Yes there are.
Marie-Antoinette: [walking away] Those are my last words to that woman.

Marie-Antoinette: So, I hear you like to make keys as a hobby?
Louis XVI: Yes.
Marie-Antoinette: And do you enjoy making keys?
Louis XVI: Obviously.

[Last Lines] Louis XVI: Are you admiring your lime avenue?
Marie-Antoinette: I’m just saying good-bye.

Marie-Antoinette: [to her first-born, a daughter] Oh, you were not what was desired, but that makes you no less dear to me. A boy would have been the Son of France, but you Marie Terese shall be mine.

Marie-Antoinette: [her dog, Mops, is taken away] Mops!
Comtesse de Noailles: You may have as many French dogs as you like.

Ambassador Mercy: Madame du Barry would like to offer you some diamonds.
Marie-Antoinette: I have enough diamonds.
Ambassador Mercy: Snubbing the King’s favorite is publicly criticizing the King’s behavior. All you need do is say a few words to her; because of rank she is not allowed to speak to you first.
Marie-Antoinette: Well, I certainly have nothing to say to her. And why should I approve of his cavorting with a harlot?
Ambassador Mercy: [reproachfully] Your Royal Highness!
Marie-Antoinette: Well, that’s what she is. Everyone knows that she’s from a brothel and that title was bought for her.
Ambassador Mercy: Your mother and I are very concerned. Du Barry has been complaining to the King that you will not address her, and you cannot afford to fall out of favor with the King. Especially as your marriage… not exactly on solid ground.
Marie-Antoinette: [annoyed] Fine. I’ll talk to her.

Marie-Antoinette: [about Du Berry] Where does she come from?
Aunt Sophie: [chuckling] From ever bed in Paris.

Marie-Antoinette: Am I to be Austrian or the Dauphine of France?
Ambassador Mercy: You must be both.

Marie-Antoinette: [taking tea in the royal chambers] Have you come to take me home?
Emperor Joseph: [amused] Unfortunately, I can not kidnap the queen of France… Is your hair quite tall enough today?
[she laughs] Emperor Joseph: Maybe you can keep a pet in there or something.

Marie-Antoinette: [in the gardens] Welcome to my little village!
Princesse de Lamballe: I love it!
Duchesse de Polignac: It’s heaven here!

Marie-Antoinette: I wish I could go with you.
Count Fersen: I should kidnap you.

Ambassador Mercy: How pretty Madame Royale is today.
Marie Therese – 6 years: I am pleased you find me so.
Marie-Antoinette: [to her daughter] Say thank you.
Ambassador Mercy: She is certainly a daughter of France.
Marie-Antoinette: [laughingly] Oh, I know.