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  • Actors: Kirsten Dunst, Jason Schwartzmann, Judy Davis, Rip Torn, Rose Byrne
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Hindi, Finnish, Italian, Danish, Swedish, English
  • Dubbed: Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent. UK
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Feb. 2007
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JU9OKI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,062 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Written and directed by Academy Award(r) winner Sofia Coppola (2003, Best Writing, Lost In Translation), Marie Antoinette is an electrifying yet intimate re-telling of the turbulent life of history's favorite villainess. Kirsten Dunst portrays the ill-fated child princess who married France's young and indifferent King Louis XVI (Jason Schwartzman). Feeling isolated in a royal court rife with scandal and intrigue, Marie Antoinette defied both royalty and commoner by living like a rock star, which served only to seal her fate.

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While much was made of the fact that Marie Antoinette elicited boos at Cannes, the many favorable reviews attracted less attention. Inspired by Antonia Fraser's biography, Sofia Coppola fashions a portrait that's just as dreamy as The Virgin Suicides, her first literary adaptation, and the Oscar-winning Lost in Translation. Set to a soundtrack of post-punk (a conceit that adds more interest than resonance), the teenaged Marie (Kirsten Dunst, quite good) may be shallow, but she's rarely unsympathetic. The story begins in the late-18th century as the Austrian Archduchess agrees to marry Louis-Auguste (Jason Schwartzman). After bidding adieu to her mother, Maria Theresa (Marianne Faithfull), she travels to France, where King Louis XV (Rip Torn) sets the rules--and the list is endless (Judy Davis' Comtesse de Noailles is the primary enforcer). As for the Dauphin, he's just a boy, really, with more interest in his key collection than their marriage bed. Should Marie produce an heir, it might be enough to sustain her--since life is nothing but an endless shopping spree--but clouds gather on the horizon as an impoverished populace rises up against their extravagant leaders. Coppola merely suggests what happens next, although history paints a darker picture. Filmed in and around the Chateau of Versailles, Marie Antoinette is a riot of rustling gowns, sparkling jewels, and Manolo Blahnik-designed shoes. To say that style trumps substance does its maker a disservice, but the look of the thing does leave the deepest impression. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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3.2 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Beth Thornton on 22 Oct. 2007
Format: DVD
I was pleasantly surprised at just how good this film is, as after all the negative reviews I was expecting something altogether less well-made and less faithful to historical fact.

The costumes are splendid and the actors all do very well with the script they are given - although personally I would have liked more dialogue and less intrusive background music. The fact that they were allowed to film at Versailles for real adds to the general flavour of the movie.

But it is a great shame that much of the political element has been skimmed over in favour of simply over-emphasising the excesses of the royal lifestyle, giving an overall shallowness to what is surely one of the most tragic times in French history. This fault could easily have been ammended with a couple less "party" scenes and more scenes showing the increasing discontent of the people. As it is, the revolution appears to spring out of nowhere and we don't get a real sense of Marie Antoinette's fall from grace. They have also left out the birth of their second son, Louis Charles, and the death of the Dauphin Louis Joseph in 1789. The death of baby Sophie Hélène is only briefly alluded to. Including some of these events would have helped the viewer to understand Marie and Louis more as people. Without them, this is little more than 2 hours of watching some teenagers frivolously "living it up", with no apparent message or purpose.

But the real problem arises at the end, when the royal family is shown escaping the palace in their carriage. Suddenly the credits roll and that's it. Finished. The movie ends there. No arrests, no imprisonment, no trial, no executions. You will be left yelling at the screen in frustration "where's the rest??!". Truly very disappointing and a great injustice to not only the characters involved but to French history as a whole.
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54 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 July 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
It's not perfect, but it's a much better piece of cinema than its critics would have you believe. In fact, what is created here is a deliciously personal movie about a historical figure - made not as an epic, but as an intimate and `in-the-moment' portrayal of a teenager in over her head.
It's the first key to liking this movie - it is a teen-movie. Not for them but about one. As such, all we are seeing is how Marie Antoinette must have seen her life. A young teenager put into a political arranged marriage as the Dauphine of France, she has to leave all behind and finds herself in an intolerable situation (an unconsummated marriage - for 7 years!) with no frame of reference. That's the second key to liking it - it is about her removal from a sense of reality - Versaille is geographically, politically, socially and economically isolated from the reality of France, until the tragic end. (a tragic end which the movie stops just before, incidentally).
This lack of a reality touchstone sends the teenager into spirals of excess - and yet Kirsten Dunst finds new depths in portraying her as indulgent, and yet sincere. Petulant yet patient and revelling in luxury, yet loyal regardless of cost. The movie itself has been criticised for having discordant elements - modern (and 80's) music, hand held camera movements, brighter than bright colours - and yet this is highly effective at making this story real, and not a historical document - exactly what Sofia Coppola was trying to achieve.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael on 7 Aug. 2013
Format: DVD
I think the reason this film is so often bashed and panned by critics and public alike is because they expect far too much of it. Many don't seem to realize that this film is supposed to appeal to the senses, most importantly sound and sight. Its not trying to be some complete cinematic masterpiece, its simply trying to tell a story about a teenage girl married beyond her will and thrown into situations which mostly were not of her making. The most poignant thing about the film is the way in which towards the end her beautiful, carefree world fall apart as her child dies and the revolution looms over her family. Visually, it is one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen. The sumptuous costumes and the outstanding use of the palace of Versailles really are a feast for the eyes. The use of 1980's and modern indie music is a bold move but i think it works very well in line with the teenage queen gliding through the palace and its grounds. Do i think that Marie Antoinette's story could do with a proper all out cinematic retelling? Yes, but that doesn't stop me from enjoying this film. If you want an evocative drama then look elsewhere but if you want to escape into another time and place for a couple of hours then look no further than this film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Savita on 19 Oct. 2013
Format: DVD
Don't blame the actors and actresses who do their very best with this terrible film that will most likely waste 2 hours of your life unless you are a young girl under about 16 years of age. Apart from the awful mismatch to the real events of Marie Antoinette's life and the omission of a number of important events such as the famous necklace incident and the flight to Varennes (or is that it at the end? It's all so wishy washy and ambiguous).
One of the worst things is the awful choices for most of the music used in the film. What on earth is the otherwise excellent song "I want candy" by Bow Wow Wow from the 80s doing here for example?

If you are looking for an authentic period piece then definitely forget it. You won't hear much french spoken (or sung)and most of the actors and actresses speak with American accents.

Overall, the film is inspid and boring with only a few nice shots of landscape and animals to liven it up. If I haven't yet succeeded in stopping you watching this then it is available used for only 1p ... which kind of says it all really. Why Kirsten Dunst would waste her talents on this mindless garbage is beyond me.
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