Watch the video "All eyes will be on you," says the Austrian Empress, Maria Theresa to her youngest daughter Marie Antoinette.
See more » In the first dressing scene when Marie Antoinette's sister-in-law enters the room, she begins to take her gloves off then the camera changes angles and she begins to take her gloves off again.
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By Arrangement with SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT See more » Based on the recent Marie-Antoinette biography by Antonia Fraser, Sofia Coppola's film focuses on the personal qualities of the character of Marie-Antoinette and thus participates in the character's historical rehabilitation.
Antoinette is seen as a respectful loyal daughter, a loving mother, a patient wife, who had to withstand a flood of vindictive criticism since the moment she set foot in the French court.
This depiction contrasts strongly with many prior representations of the character in film ("The Affair of the Necklace" for example), which show her as superficial, selfish and vain.
The visuals and auditory elements, which evoke a powerful image of 18th-century Versailles, are the movie's forte.
And their effects linger in one's mind (or at least they did in mine) long after one's exit from the theater.
As a budding art historian, I was stunned by the intensely lush visual spectacle the film has to offer: the pomp and circumstance of ritualized and regimented 18th-century Versailles.
Synopsis: "All eyes will be on you," says the Austrian Empress, Maria Theresa to her youngest daughter Marie Antoinette.
The film, marketed for a teen audience, is an impressionistic retelling of Marie Antoinette's life as a young queen in the opulent and eccentric court at Versailles.
The film focuses on Marie Antoinette, as she matures from a teenage bride to a young woman and eventual queen of France.