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Marie Antoinette [Jan. 31st, 2015|09:46 am]
Tony Grist
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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[User Picture]From: splodgenoodles
2015-02-01 02:33 am (UTC)
I was quite puzzled by some of the choices in this movie (music in particular). OTOH, you did get a good sense of how disconnected they were.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-02-01 08:17 am (UTC)
I thought the modern music was there to remind us that we're looking at these people from a distance of 200+ years.
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