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Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette

Date: Mar 28 2007

Themes: Fashion, History


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Last year, movie-goers caught an interesting glimpse of history. The film Marie Antoinette won the Academy Award for Costume Design. In the movie, Kirsten Dunst plays the Queen of France who was executed in 1793 during the French Revolution.

The film was directed by Sofia Coppola. She also directed Lost in Translation, starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johanssen. Although the two films are very different, her directing style is evident in each film.

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Marni:  I saw Marie Antoinette.

Mason:  Me too.

Marni:  What did you think?

Mason:  Um, I don’t know what I thought.

Marni:  I kinda left feeling the same way. Visually it was stunning.

Mason:  Absolutely.

Marni:  Beautifully shot. The costumes were incredible.

Mason:  Mm hm.

Marni:  But, I don’t know. That whole montage with the food and the, the shoes… I thought it was really excessive.

Mason:  It was a really bizarre… the sense of time in the film, you know, was really weird. Like, they would just spend a long time on this one moment.

Marni:  Right.

Mason:  And then they’d go through, like, five years in, like, 20 seconds.

Marni:  Absolutely. Yeah, exactly. So much time spent on just her rolling around in the bed…

Mason:  Yeah.

Marni:  ... and her looking cute.

Mason:  Well, and I think all that was designed to humanize this character that’s just in an era that we look at now and be, like, how can that have been real? How could people have worn those clothes or…

Marni:  Right.

Mason:  ... obeyed the societal rules?

Marni:  Exactly.

Mason:  Um…

Marni:  What did you think about the ending?

Mason:  I don’t know. That’s, that’s the thing.

Marni:  I mean, they left out the best part, I think, about the whole story.

Mason:  By denying people that, I think she just left it more open-ended, kind of a celebration of the life rather that…

Marni:  But do you think that that falsely depicts history? I mean, do you think that that’s just giving this whole misinterpretation?

Mason:  Storytelling is always about knowing where to find a good ending.

Marni:  It’s true.



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Marni and Mason aren’t sure what they thought about Marie Antoinette.

They both thought it was visually beautiful and that the costumes were amazing.

Mason says the film handles time in a weird way.

Marni seems unsure about the film’s ending. But Mason says that the ending helps us focus on the life of Marie Antoinette instead of how she died.

Have you seen Marie Antoinette?

Click here for an English lesson about Lost in Translation



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Russian Federation

In my opinion, this movie is mostly about living traditions of that time rather than about Marie Antoinettes personality.

06:22 PM Jan 11 2013 |



I haven’t seen this movie, but sounds  good! groovy!

11:00 AM May 18 2012 |



I haven't seen this movie, but i'd like, i'm very interested :)

02:55 AM Apr 09 2011 |



I like it , and i really enjoy it . It's fantistic. You should go to see it .

02:02 PM May 26 2007 |

Veronica DOs Santos


it's exciting but I never watch the movie so I want to hve one.

06:34 AM May 18 2007 |

Josh K

Josh K



05:07 PM May 03 2007 |



I want to watch the film

01:56 AM Apr 26 2007 |




Perfect job.

11:39 PM Apr 21 2007 |




the costumes are great, but the story? i don’t think so. I like read the novel better.

04:50 PM Apr 14 2007 |




mmmm is absolutely, exactly

07:53 AM Apr 02 2007 |


Viet Nam

I haven’t seen this film yet so I have no ideal.

04:56 PM Mar 28 2007 |




Marie Antoinette ..a sad histoy!! she was born in november 2, 1755 in Vienna, Austria. She was the youngest and most beautiful daughter of Emperor and Empress of the Holy Roman Empire. Marie Antoinette was brought up believing her destiny was to become queen of France. Antoinette followed her husband to the guillotine on October 16, 1793. She was executed without proof of the crimes for which she was accused. She was only 37 years old

08:51 AM Mar 28 2007 |

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