- Beam Me Up, Scotty!: In-universe. Her famous "Let them eat cake!" line is addressed as slanderous gossip.Marie Antoinette: That's such nonsense. I would never say that.
- Creator Killer: Sofia Coppola was red-hot after the success of Lost in Translation, but this film's mixed reviews and financial failure put her career on ice. Since then, she's only directed a couple of independent films that got a similarly mixed critical reaction and failed to be widely released.
- Dawson Casting: Marie is fourteen when the film begins, whereas Kirsten Dunst was in her early twenties. But of course the film covers several years, justifying it. This slips into Playing Gertrude, since Marie was in her thirties when she was executed.
- Fake Nationality: Most of the cast use their own accents. Rose Byrne, however, fakes an English one.
- Magnum Opus Dissonance: Sofia Coppola had been developing this for years but was struggling to properly create the screenplay. So she turned to a quick, smaller story to take a break. That film turned out to be Lost in Translation.
- Production Posse: Kirsten Dunst had worked with Sofia Coppola in The Virgin Suicides and briefly again in The Bling Ring.
- Shown Their Work: Sofia Coppola took a few quotes directly from the biography by Lady Antonia Fraser:
- Louis XV's comments about Marie's bosom when she arrives in France.
- When Madame du Barry sends diamonds as a gift, Marie says she already has enough.
- Marie's first words to Madame du Barry being a comment on the amount of people at Versailles.
- When Marie is throwing a party and she explains to Louis that he said she could throw one, but didn't specify how long for.
- What Could Have Been:
- Louis XV was offered to Alain Delon but he turned it down. The reason he gave was that he didn't think his fans would appreciate him in the role, but there were rumours that he didn't think Sofia Coppola could do the story justice.
- Angelina Jolie was the original choice for Madame du Barry but chose to do The Good Shepherd. Catherine Zeta-Jones ones also declined the role, and it went to Asia Argento.
- The original script mentioned the infamous 'Diamond Necklace Affair' scandal. But it was never filmed.
Trivia / Marie Antoinette