In 1768, Austrian archduchess Marie Antoinette arrived at the French court in Versailles to marry the dauphin. Initially amused, the young queen adapts to the uncomfortable court etiquette. For quite some time, Louis declines to consummate the marriage and a frustrated Marie devotes herself to a life of royal leisure. Not until she finally produces an heir is “the Austrian” finally accepted by the courtiers. But the queen is not interested in politics and begins an affair with a Swedish nobleman. Marie Antoinette steadfastly ignores the fact that public opinion is turning against her as the French Revolution looms on the horizon ... “I think she’s delightful. She looks like a piece of cake.” Light pastels dominate the official wardrobe of the “fashion queen” Marie Antoinette, while the dress worn by her father-in-law’s self-confident mistress, Madame du Barry, is a deep blue. The authentic cut of the dresses was offset with anachronistic accessories. For Sofia Coppola and Milena Canonero, the concept was not to recreate precisely the look of the epoch. Rather, they wanted present-day style icons and “shopping queens” to see themselves reflected in Marie Antoinette.
France / Japan / USA 2006
123’ · Colour · 35 mm
Kirsten DunstJason SchwartzmanJudy DavisRip TornRose ByrneAsia ArgentoMolly ShannonDanny HustonMarianne Faithfull
American Zoetrope/Tohokushinsha Film Corp./Pricel
Copy: Park Circus, Glasgow