Monday, June 12, 2006

"Marie-Antoinette" - a good chick-flick!

Yesterday I saw the much-talked about "Marie-Antoinette", the latest movie by Sofia Coppola.
As can be expetced, when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May, it was criticized for its lack of historical accuracy. There was some there was some booing as well as applause, and even some cheers.

The French newspaper Le Parisien thought the film was great.
"It's funny, enlightened, insolent and full of possibility," wrote François Vey. "In a word, iconoclastic. Too bad we didn't have Sofia Coppola for our history professor."
On the other hand, there was some nationalistic pride attached to the subject:
"The question is to know if an American is naturally inclined to distort the history of a country that is not her own," wrote Stéphane Dénis in Le Figaro.
How stupid a question is that? 'Naturally inclined"... like it's in the genes?!!

My 2 cent-worth opinion is that the movie is pretty good and very "Sofia-Coppolan" - more like "Virgin Suicide" than "Lost in translation" The images are flashy and bautiful at the same time. The idea of shockingly contemporary music works really well, I think. the photography also sets off Versailles. The costumes are beautiful so is the light.
BUT overall, it was... a chick-flick! It's too much about sham marriages and passionate adulteries, court rituals and gossips, fashion and porcelain, fine food and laces... for my taste!
It is very much in line with what it's supposed to be: the private and personal life of an 18th century Princess Di - only slightly more decadent! Not my cup 'o tea and certainly not my pint of beer either!
In case, you think I'm just being macho, look at the poster and tell me if it's not a movie marketed for teenage girls. Well that's what it is.


At 05:19, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To me the contemporary music is unconventional for that kind of movie so I was astonished at first but I admit it fits well and even found it funny and current during the masked ball. Really the photography is great. About the way of living in Versailles and the “etiquette” things are faithfully described and I complain those women who had to bear the etiquette even if they had a life of leisure and could deal with it.
However, all along the movie Marie-Antoinette looks very young, pretty, immature and guess what ? She died at the age of 38 and could act upon Louis the XVIth, that's partly what made her unpopular with the people.
Other than that : most of people in the old Europe know how the story ended : beheading a king is so unthinkable and unforgivable : a crime of lèse-majesté ! And not a single sentence at the end to specify she was beheaded too. So let’s women dreaming of Hans Axel de Fersen coming back on his white horse to save her... You said a chick-flick didn’t you ? Certainly :-)


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