Film / Marie Antoinette

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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:

  • 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
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Aunt Sophie and Aunt Victoire.
  • Blithe Spirit: The Duchesse de Polignac.
  • Costume Porn: Accentuating the extravagance of Marie Antoinette's court.
  • Decadent Court: Versailles. Oh yes.
  • 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.
    • One of Marie's outfits is a dress trimmed with pink feathers and a feather muff, while her right hand lady in that scene wears a hat, muff, and dress trimmed with white feathers.
  • Food Porn: The pastries and macarons were made by Ladurée.
  • The French Revolution: The beginnings of it anyway. The movie ends with the Royal Family being forced to leave Versailles.
  • Good Times Montage: I Want Candy by Bow Wow Wow, played over an orgiastic montage of dresses, shoes, jewellery, champagne, gambling, Ladurée confections and adorable dogs.
    • Played with in that it's used to illustrate how unhappy Marie Antoinette is in the restrictive French court and her marriage.
  • Gorgeous Period Dress
  • Gossipy Hens: Most ladies in the court, but especially Princesse Victoire and Princesse Sophie.
  • Historical-Domain Character: Most of the characters.
  • 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.
  • Kick the Dog: Along with her clothes and possessions, Marie Antoinette's dog Mops is forcibly taken from her when she enters France.
    • The princesses who arrive late to Marie Antoinette's dressing ceremony appear to have done so on purpose, to force her to stand naked in front of the crowd for as long as possible.
  • Knight Templar Parent: Empress Maria Theresa, for so much Truth in Television.
  • Lady in Red: Madame Du Barry, probably to contrast with all of the paler colors of the French Court.
  • 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.
  • Nice Girl: The Princesse de Lamballe is especially kind to gawky foreigner Marie Antoinette.
  • 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.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Marie Antoinettes friends, the Duchesse de Polignac and the Princesse de Lamballe.
  • Requisite Royal Regalia
  • Running Gag: Marie Antoinette's morning routine, each time accompanied by Vivaldi's exhuberant Concerto In G Major.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Spoiled Sweet: All the nicer members of the aristocracy, but especially Marie Antoinette herself.
  • Slut-Shaming: The French court has an extremely low opinion of Madame du Barry, Louis XV's mistress, because she was born a commoner and used to work in a brothel.
  • Standard Royal Court
  • Straight Man: Ambassador de Mercy-Argenteau tries to explain important state business to disinterested teenage Marie Antoinette, while she tries on dresses, eats macarons, and plays with her dog.
  • Sudden Downer Ending: Sort of. The royal family is smuggled out of the palace and into a carriage so they can escape the revolutionists. The film ends, but we know they only made it as far as Varennes before they were caught.
  • 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.
    • But played straight for the Australian Rose Byrne (Duchess de Polignac) and Judy Davis (Comtesse de Noailles); they both use British accents.
  • The Talk: King Louis get one by his brother-in-law, no less.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: Count Fersen
  • 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

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