Marie Antoinette
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Marie Antoinette

Year:
Duration:
123 min
Genres:
Biography | Drama | History
IMDB rate:
6.4
Director:
Sofia Coppola
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 13 wins & 12 nominations
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 2006-10-20
Filming Locations: Paris, France
Earnings
Budget: $40,000,000
Opening Weekend: $5,361,050 (USA) (22 October 2006)
Gross: $15,962,471 (USA) (3 December 2006)
Cast
Actor
Character
Asia Argento
Asia Argento
Marie Antoinette
Mary Nighy
Mary Nighy
Marie Antoinette
Jamie Dornan
Jamie Dornan
Marie Antoinette
Kirsten Dunst
Marie Antoinette
Jason Schwartzman
Louis XVI
Judy Davis
Comtesse de Noailles
Rip Torn
Louis XV
Rose Byrne
Duchesse de Polignac
Molly Shannon
Aunt Victoire
Shirley Henderson
Aunt Sophie
Danny Huston
Emperor Joseph II
Marianne Faithfull
Empress Maria Theresa
Sebastian Armesto
Comte Louis de Provence
Aurore Clément
Duchesse de Char
Guillaume Gallienne
Vergennes
James Lance
Léonard
Al Weaver
Comte Charles d'Artois
Steve Coogan
Ambassador Mercy
Clara Brajtman
Austrian Girlfriend #1 (as Clara Brajman)
Mélodie Berenfeld
Austrian Girlfriend #2
Jean-Christophe Bouvet
Duc de Choiseul
Io Bottoms
Lady in Waiting
André Oumansky
Cardinal de la Roche Aymon
Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni
Comtesse de Cavazzoni
Jean-Paul Scarpitta
Baron Scarpitta
Lucien Rolland
Archbishop (as René Lucien Rolland)
Clémentine Poidatz
Comtesse de Provence
Camille Micelli
Grand Chambellan
Paul Fortune
Duc Fortune
Alexia Landeau
Comtesse de la Londe
Joe Sheridan
Catty Courtier
Katrine Boorman
The English Duchess
Sarah Adler
Comtesse d'Artois
Jean-Marc Stehlé
Doctor Lassonne
Paul Jasmin
Baron Jasmin
Francis Leplay
Doctor Delivery Provence
Mathieu Amalric
Man at Masked Ball
Carlo Brandt
Palace Gardener
Raphaël Neal
Garden Page
John Arnold
Minister of Finances
Scali Delpeyrat
Doctor Delivery M-A
Chloé Van Barthold
Elisabeth
Phoenix
Petit Trianon Musicians
Lauriane Mascaro
Marie Therese - 2 Years
Gaëlle Bona
Girl at Petit Trianon
William Doherty
Councilman
Florrie Betts
Marie Therese - 6 years
Dominic Gould
Count
Jago Betts
Dauphin - 2 Years
Axel Küng
Dauphin - 2 Years
Driss Hugo-Kalff
Dauphin - 2 Years
Fabrice Scott
King's Messenger
Alain Doutey
Chief Valet
Bo Barrett
Page
Joseph Malerba
Queen's Guard
Laurent Cotillard
King's Minister
Susan Graham
Orphée et Eurydice Soloist (scenes deleted)
Xavier Bonastre
King's Secretary (uncredited)
Daniel Delfosse
Royal Guard (uncredited)
Sabine Glaser
Court Member (uncredited)
Manon Grosset
Une petite fille de la cour (uncredited)
Charles Hurez
Du Barry's boy (uncredited)
Philippe Héliès
King's Aide de Camp (uncredited)
Laurent Koffel
Friend of the king / court member (uncredited)
Johann Lorillon
Garde suisse (uncredited)
François-Xavier Noah
Leonard's assistant (uncredited)
Jeanne Raimbault
Petite noblesse woman (uncredited)
Paddy Sherlock
Garde Suisse (uncredited)
David Walliams
Hairdresser (uncredited)
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Trivia
A few quotes from the film are directly taken from Marie Antoinette's actual life and from the biography by Lady Antonia Fraser that the film is loosely based upon. Louis XV's comment about Marie Antoinette's bosom upon her arrival in France, Marie Antoinette's comment on having enough diamonds when presented with the opportunity of receiving some as a gift from Madame du Barry, Marie's comment to Madame du Barry about there being a lot of people at Versailles on the day of their infamous first exchange of words, and Marie's comment to her husband, Louis XVI, during a gambling party, explaining that Louis told her she could throw the party but never specified for how long are all actual exchanges of words and conversations from different events in the queen's life.
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Phoenix:  The men playing guitar(s) in the scene with a woman singing for Marie are members of the group Phoenix. The lead singer Thomas Mars is the life partner of Sofia Coppola.
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Sofia Coppola refused to read the famous biography of Marie-Antoinette written by Stefan Zweig, which she judged too strict. She turned instead to the book by Antonia Fraser, which makes the queen a more human character, a young girl with no connection to reality who finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time.
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Goofs
As Mercy lectures Marie on offering meats to Louis's hunting party, she offers him a plate of Ladurée macaroons. Ladurée first opened for business in 1862.
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The Comte de Provence (future King Louis XVIII) introduces Louis and Marie to his newborn son, but Provence and his wife never had children. The baby, who is correctly referred to as the duc d'Angoulême, was the son of the Comte d'Artois (future King Charles X). Angoulême later became the husband of Louis and Marie's daughter Madame Royale, and pretender to the throne as Louis XIX.
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A clip of sumptuous food also shows a fork whose design is wrong by around a century. Four-tined forks did not appear until around the 1830's and they did not really catch on until the 1870's. It is among the more common Hollywood historical props goofs because several popular silverware patterns named "Versailles" can be found in antique stores; however almost all of them were designed in the 1880's at a time of enthusiasm for all things fancy.
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Quotes
Princesse de Lamballe: Can't you do something?
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Marie-Antoinette: [about Du Barry] Where does she come from?
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Princesse de Lamballe: I would have told him exactly what to do with it.
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Faq
Q
Why was Marie Antoinette the only one who wanted to clap at the opera? (and why the second time we see her clapping, no one else would?)
A
Applause was not the custom at court performances. However, her popularity led others to clap along with her to please her; the silence indicated the increase of general disapproval. Another reason might be that in Marie's country (Austria), music was not as strictly regulated, much the same as court life was not. Her brother, Emperor Josef, was Mozart's patron. Though he probably did not attend Mozart's "vaudeville" performances for the common people, where clapping was encouraged, no doubt he and others at court knew about them. The German opera "The Magic Flute" was first performed at the people's theater, not at court. Marie might have wanted to show appreciation as ordinary people did in Austria.
Q
Why did Sofia Coppola choose to base the film specifically on Antonia Fraser's book?
A
Fraser's book is one of the few largely sympathetic portrayals of Marie Antoinette, depicting her as a naive but basically good individual who allowed excess to go to her head, as opposed to the callous, detached hedonist she is usually portrayed as. Coppola wanted to depict Antoinette as a person first and a historical figure second.
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Photos from cast
Asia Argento Tom Hardy Mary Nighy Jamie Dornan Céline Sallette