Marie Antoinette

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I should explain why I love Sophia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette with every fibre of my being.

  • Sophia Coppola
  • Lost in Translation (yes, that’s allowed to be a reason)
  • Kirsten Dunst
  • Jason Schwartzman
  • Jamie Dornan
  • Phoenix cameo
  • Backdrop (Versailles, duh)
  • Exquisite clothing and styling

There are several more reasons but the most important is Coppola’s portrayal of Marie Antoinette, a doomed princess and queen.

As a history major, I am deeply invested in alternative histories. History is a collection of stories. It’s close to impossible to know history completely because it’s simply gone. Sophia Coppola indulges me and digs deep into what her interpretation of Marie Antoinette’s life might have been. Coppola sites Antonia Frasier’s biography – a mighty and in-depth analysis. I appreciate the connection to an esteemed portrayal but I loved how sympathetic and melancholic Coppola’s Marie Antoinette was.

Some complain at how slow the film is. Well, did those individuals think about how boring it might have been for Marie Antoinette to live that life? History has imparted many lessons on the future and a relevant lesson in this instance is that riches and beauty do not guarantee happiness or safety. Kirsten Dunst is so genuinely sad, lost, and complacent that my heart reaches out to her until I have the very same depressed look on my face as she does for most of the film (See my previous post on Kirsten Dunst for a comprehensive list of that depressed look). That look makes me love Kirsten Dunst, Marie Antoinette, and Sophia Coppola.

I must communicate that in order to fully understand where I’m coming from, it would be useful to read Frasier’s biography and to also have a deeper understanding of life/history/context/royalty in French 1800s. My love of this film is not a simple one.

I also have a deep appreciation for the converse’s shown for a split second in the film…

Thank you Sophia Coppola.

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