Today I would like to count down my five favorite films that are set at the end of the French monarchy. These films, of course, feature Marie Antionette as a character. The actress playing Marie Antoinette, and her talent at interpreting the role play a huge part in where the film ends up on the list!
Number 5: Les Adieux a la Reine (2012) (English title: Farewell, My Queen) Diane Kruger as Marie Antoinette
~This French language film is about the days leading up to the storming of the Bastille at Versailles. The story centered on a servant who befriended the queen at the end of the monarchy!
Number 4: Marie Antoinette (2006) Kirsten Dunst as Marie Antoinette
~I love Sofia Coppola films, and this one is no exception! The use of classic rock soundtrack was unique, and the fashion and color scheme was brilliant! It is a fairytale telling of the story, and gets bonus points for casting the amazing Marianne Faithfull as Maria Theresa (Marie Antoinette’s mother, and ruler of the Habsburg Empire)!
Number 3: The Affair of the Necklace (2001) Joely Richardson as Marie Antoinette
~This film tells the story of the infamous Diamond Necklace Affair! A must watch for French history buffs! As a plus I love Joely Richardson when she plays queens.
Number 2: La Revolution Francaise (1989)(English title: The French Revolution) Jane Seymour as Marie Antoinette
~This five and a half hour French language mini-series tells the complete story of the French Revolution. It starred Jane Seymour as Marie Antoinette! It is such a well done, and historically accurate (the most of the films on this list) account of the last days of the French monarchy!
Number 1: Marie Antoinette (1938) Norma Shearer as Marie Antoinette
~This is my favorite version of the story! This is largely due to the amazing work of Norma Shearer! She is pitch perfect in the titular role. The costuming is rather historically accurate, and utterly lovely! This is a must watch, especially for classic film lovers!
~I hope you have enjoyed my count down of Marie Antoinette in films. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
Note on Image: The image at the top of the post is from the 1938 film. I found the image on frockflicks.com.