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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: The film portrays Marie Antoinette as a lonely and unhappy young woman who immerses herself in fashion and frivolity to distract herself from her problems.
* AwesomeMusic: Featuring Bow Wow Wow, Adam And The Ants, Music/TheCure and Music/SiouxsieAndTheBanshees.
* BestKnownForTheFanservice: Chances are that you remember the film for the famous scene, where Marie Antoinette is [[ReadyForLovemaking all naked on a couch aside from some stockings]], holding a hand fan and covering her ... [[UnusualEuphemism tracts of land]]. There are posters for only that scene, even! Hell, it's on the soundtrack cover.
* BrokenBase: It was noted that the film received a mixture of cheers and boos at the Cannes Film Festival. Some were expecting a more factual take rather than Sofia Coppola's AnachronismStew in the name of characterization. It's up in the air as to whether they were good choices or not. The film was trashed by some for historical inaccuracies, while praised by others (including Roger Ebert) for it's characterization.
* CultClassic: The film was not a great hit commercially or critically, but does have a few dedicated fans.
** Yolande de Polastron, Duchess of Polinac. She's mostly there as one of Marie's consorts, but Creator/RoseByrne brings her to life and perfectly captures the frivolity of such a woman.
** Madame du Barry is one of the more remembered characters in the film, despite vanishing after Louis XV dies.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: The film received a more positive reception in France, though not unanimously.
* NeverLiveItDown: Roger Ebert noted that the media exaggerated the amount of booing the film got at Cannes, claiming it was only a handful of journalists, and that booing is a European custom when someone feels a film is "politically incorrect".
* OneSceneWonder: Marie Antoinette's CampGay hairdresser, who helps style her hair into a magnificently high monstrosity.
* SignatureScene: The GoodTimesMontage set to "I Want Candy" seems to be one of the most remembered parts of the film. It includes the famous shot of Converse sneakers.
* ToughActToFollow: It was said that this film couldn't match the success of ''Film/LostInTranslation'', despite being developed long before it. The latter was even something Sofia Coppola developed because she was having trouble working out ''Marie Antoinette'''s screenplay.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: The film's visual style and costumes were met with almost unanimous praise, even getting an Academy Award for costume design.