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Anonymous asked: what's the best movie with Marie in it?

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 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 vĂ©ritable 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!

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