Film: Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette is a 2006 film by written and directed by Sofia Coppola, loosely based on the life of Marie Antoinette (played by Kirsten Dunst). The film follows the fifteen year old princess on her way to the French Court to be married to Louis XVI, her reign as queen, and through the beginning of The French Revolution, when she and her husband were forced to relocate to Paris.

Provides Examples Of:

  • Actor Allusion: This wasn't the first time Kirsten Dunst played a real life royal whose home got destroyed by revolutionists.
  • Altar Diplomacy: Marie of Austria is delivered to Louis XVI of France at the age of 15 to cement a treaty between the two nations. Neither was really prepared for marriage, and Marie was despised at the French court as "that Austrian whore." Nevertheless, Marie and Louis grew to love each other during their short reign.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Louis's lack of social graces, total cluelessness about sex, and obsessive interest in locks (he is only able to consummate his marriage by his brother-in-law using lock and key metaphors to explain the process) are signs of possible Asperger's Syndrome.
  • Anachronism Stew: Deliberately invoked. The director used modern music and a quick shot of Converse sneakers to express that Marie Antoinette was just like any other teenage girl despite the period the film was set in.
  • Arranged Marriage
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: "Let them eat cake!" Marie Antoinette laughs about how she would never say that.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Aunt Sophie and Aunt Victoire.
  • Blithe Spirit: Yolande de Polignac.
  • Costume Porn: Accentuating the extravagance of Marie Antoinette's court.
  • Dirty Old Man: Louis XV. Truth in Television, as he was a sex maniac even by French standards. Hell, his Establishing Character Moment—indeed, his very first line of dialogue in the film—is to ask one of his ministers about Marie's bosom, and when the minister says he hasn't seen it, he laughs and says it would be the first place he would look at.
  • Doomed by Canon: Sadly.
  • Female Success Is Family: Serious Business for a princess. Marie is constantly reminded that if she fails to produce children, then her marriage can be annulled and she can be shipped back to Austria. She's even heckled by members of the French court.
  • Fish out of Water: Marie Antoinette when she first arrives at the French Court.
  • Fluffy Fashion Feathers: Marie begins wearing huge plumes in her hair. She nearly catches one on a candle at a party. She also wears a dress trimmed with pink feathers and a feather muff, while her right hand lady wears a hat, muff, and dress trimmed with white feathers.
  • Food Porn
  • The French Revolution: The beginnings of it anyway. The movie ends with Louis and Marie being forced to leave Versailles.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Reception for the film is more positive in France, what a surprise ,though it still has its critics over there.
  • Good Times Montage: Combined with Costume Test Montage.
  • Gorgeous Period Dress
  • Historical-Domain Character: Obviously.
  • Improbable Hairstyle: Both anachronistic and maintenance. Marie has a modern haircut with layers and obvious highlights - most likely intentional on the director's part (see Anachronism Stew above). The film also shows her with some of her more famous over-the-top hairstyles.
  • Knight Templar Parent: Empress Maria Theresa, so much Truth in Television
  • Light Feminine Dark Feminine: Marie Antoinette vs. Madame Du Barry
  • Marriage Before Romance: Starts with the marriage of King Louis XVI of France to Princess Marie of Austria. The two had never met until their wedding, which was made to solidify a treaty between France and Austria.
  • Masquerade Ball: Mainly an excuse for excessive Costume Porn.
    Companion: We should all go to Paris for the masked ball.
    Marie Antoinette: We're not allowed to go without a formal reception.
    Companion: Well, if it's a masked one would have to know, would they?
  • Nice Hat: So many to choose from but the huge feathery one belonging to Marie Antoinette is possibly the most ludicrous.
    • Although when she's at Louis XVI's celebrations she wears a ship on her head!
  • Phallic Weapon: "Look at that Sword."
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Given the setting, loads are worn, by Marie and other ladies.
  • Pretty in Mink: When getting the du Barry situation dealt with, Marie wears a black coat with ermine cuffs and collar.
  • Prince Charmless: Louis XVI to begin with. Then he gets more likable and becomes more of a Hopeless Suitor.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: Marie Antoinette wears a few pink dresses. She even says in one scene that she likes a bolt of pink cloth because it looks like candy.
  • Reality Is Unrealistic: It was years before the marriage of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette was consummated.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Marie Antoinette's friends: Duchess de Polignac is the red to Princess of Lamballe's blue.
  • Requisite Royal Regalia
  • Running Gag: Marie Antoinette's morning routine.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Show Some Leg: Madame Du Barry.
  • Slut-Shaming: Pretty much every line about Madame Du Barry.
  • Standard Royal Court
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Marie Antoinette and Count Fersen.
  • Sudden Downer Ending: To be expected, given how Marie Antoinette's life ended. The film ends just as she and Louis are taken away from the palace by the Revolutionists.
  • The Queen's Latin is averted, despite the location and period the film was set in. The actors speak in their normal accents: Kirsten Dunst (Marie Antoinette) speaks in a General American accent, Rip Torn (Louis XV) speaks in a mild Texas accent, Steve Coogan (Ambassador Mercy) speaks with a British accent, Jason Schwartzman speaks with a General American accent.
  • The Talk: King Louis get one by his brother-in-law, no less.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: Count Fersen
  • Those Two Guys: The gossip aunts, Victoire and Sophie.
  • Time Passes Montage: Done with paintings, and combined with Boredom/Sad Times Montage
  • Torches and Pitchforks - The Women's March on Versailles
  • Voice Over Letter: The letters from Marie Antoinette's mother are read in the mother's voice.
  • Wake Up Make Up: Marie Antoinette's first scene has her fast asleep in bed. Her hair's slightly messy but her makeup is impeccable.
    • And in the carriage on the way to meet Louis XVI.
  • Woman in Black: Marie Antoinette at the masquerade ball