Mad for Marie: Sofia Coppola’s France

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She may have made for a controversial queen, but the Marie Antoinette portrayed in Sofia Coppola’s namesake film gives a range of depth to the historical personality beyond her infamous death and supposed last words. With anecdotes drawn from Antonia Fraser’s biography Marie Antoinette: The Journey, Marie Antoinette the movie is a pastel paradise.

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We all know how the story ends, but back in 2006, Coppola showed us the wild journey of a teenage girl who became a teenage queen. In Coppola’s world, we see Marie Antoinette is married at 14, endures the scrutiny of the French Court while aiming to win its approval, takes the throne at 19, and struggles for years to have children in a passion-less relationship.

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Amid these developments, she becomes a woman, parties hard, and and lives in a fantasy world of excess established well before her reign. Eventually, Marie Antoinette stoically bears the consequences of her ignorance and frivolity as the French Revolution ignites the kingdom.

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Much like the queen herself, Marie Antoinette was both adored and abhorred by critics when it debuted. Eight years later, whether or not you are enticed by Coppola’s retelling, the film is still worth watching. Particularly if you enjoy period pieces and decadent visuals, Marie Antoinette delivers endless eye candy.

We think the following focal points are synonymous with the film, whose mere mention conjures delicious imagery.

The Dresses and Jewels

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The Shoes

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Cheeky Coppola included a pair of baby blue Chucks among her anachronisms in the film.

The Palace

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Coppola was actually able to get permission to shoot scenes at Versailles, a rare occurrence at the historic site.

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The Treats

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The lovely Ladurée supplied the mouthwatering macarons and colorful pastries on display throughout Marie Antoinette.

The Hair

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Teasing reached new heights in the 18th century.

The Soundtrack

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Post-punk and new wave music (The Cure, Bow Wow Wow, Siouxsie and the Banshees) dominated the movie’s soundtrack. Random: Offset, the actors in the roles of Marie Antoinette (Kirsten Dunst) and her husband, King Louis XVI (Jason Schwartzman), collaborated on duets for Coconut Records’ 2007 Nighttiming album. One of their songs, “Summer Day,” was later featured in Spider-Man 3, in which Dunst also starred.

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Do you have a favorite look from Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette? What do you think of the filmmaker taking on The Little Mermaid as her next project?


About Rachel K

Rachel is the creative director of The Wood and Watch jewelry and the editor-in-chief of ParentGuide magazine. She knows how to wield a flame to shape metal; loves to travel; and is passionate about art, antiques, DIY, and nature.


3 Responses to Mad for Marie: Sofia Coppola’s France

  1. redribbonedgirl 10/23/2014 at 10:44 am #

    Marie Antoinette’s soundtrack is pretty much the best soundtrack ever.

  2. BikePretty 10/23/2014 at 11:56 pm #

    This movie is the reason why I can’t bring myself to give up the bleach and go back to my natural color. Powdered pompadours forever!

    Really looking forward to Sofia Coppala’s treatment of the Little Mermaid. That story has always been so disturbing. I think she’ll do it justice.

  3. cassie ragsdale 11/13/2014 at 3:11 pm #


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