Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist
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Marie Antoinette

Life at Versailles was very, very boring and most of the people were very very stupid. How do you make a film about this that is going to hold the viewer's attention?

Perhaps you shouldn't try.

Coppola chooses to tell the story (insofar as it is a story and not just a succession of gorgeous tableaux) as the tragedy of the king and queen- victims of a system they were too feeble to change. Well, yes, that's one way to doing it- but it isn't very interesting. Shoes are purchased, cakes are eaten, baby sheep are fondled. The people of France- whose story is rather more compelling- remain off-screen until the very end.

Someone- anonymous- broke into the royal apartments and smashed a chandelier. Oh the humanity!
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