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I’m curious -
What do you say when people in your real life ask you: “Why are you so interested in Marie Antoinette?”
Picture unrelated, but fun. (source)
There really isn’t a single “best” movie about or featuring Marie Antoinette, in my opinion! Every movie I’ve seen has had it’s own feel to it.
If you’re looking for something fun, more modern, without the “period film” feel - then Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette is the way to go.
If you don’t mind the over romanticized old Hollywood period films, then the 1938 Marie Antoinette with Norma Shearer is a good choice. I personally like the last half, with the Revolution, the best. I could’ve done without the over dramatic Fersen affair, though.
If you’re looking for something more historical, La Revolution Francaise is an excellent choice! It’s a 4 hour mini series focusing on… you guessed it, the French Revolution. You can view the entire movie in French on youtube, and a bit of the English version there as well. Unfortunately the only official release has been the French version without subtitles, so if you’re looking for it entirely in English, you’ll have to find someone who offers the full English version on DVD - try ioffer.com. I have it… the quality isn’t great (it was taped from the TV in 1989 on VHS, so that’s not surprising) and there are a few moments where it skips, maybe because of a commercial? But it’s interesting to see, especially since it is more accurate and complete than other films. Jane Seymour as Marie Antoinette is pretty good.
The only other film I’ve seen that I would recommend would be L’Autrichienne. It’s incredible. It’s only available in French without subtitles, but Ute Lemper’s performance doesn’t need them. The movie centers solely around her last few days in the Conciergerie prison, her trial, and her final moments. I would recommend this movie the most.
I still need to get my hands on “Marie Antoinette - la véritable histoire,” a French docudrama filmed, I think, in Canada. It was done mainly with greenscreens, though. It was filmed around the same time as the Sofia Coppola film, but it’s supposed to be more accurate.
Hope this helps!
I love history in general, but a few figures that stick out for me, in no real order:
Joanna of Castille (“Joanna the Mad”), Anne Boleyn, Mary Tudor, Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII, Catherine II of Russia, Jeanne d’Arc, John Paul Jones, the Marquis de Lafayette, Abigail Adams, Louis XIV, and Marie Antoinette (obviously!).
(Though for more modern figures, The White Rose/Die Weisse Rose group from WW2-Germany are amazing to read about.)
“Ruin of a Princess,” I believe!
The full book, which has more than her personal memoirs: http://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/wormeley/princess/princess.html
Direct to her personal narrative of her time imprisoned: http://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/wormeley/princess/princess.html#209