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The Essentials: Marie Antoinette (2006)

  • Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Jason Schwartzman, Rip Torn, Judy Davis, Shirley Henderson
  • Director: Sofia Coppola
  • Genre(s): Biography, Drama, History
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Running Time: 123 min.

The Essentials: Auteurs
This quarterly series showcases the “essential” films everyone should see on the big screen. For each month-long program, we’ll screen five films organized by one of the following themes: directors, actors, genres, and eras/movements.

Essential tickets are $9 for Adults, $8 for Students/Seniors and Members get in Free!

Summary: The retelling of France’s iconic but ill-fated queen, Marie Antoinette. From her betrothal and marriage to Louis XVI at 15 to her reign as queen at 19 and to the end of her reign as queen, and ultimately the fall of Versailles.

"With lyrical intelligence and scrappy wit, Coppola creates a luscious world to get lost in. It's a pleasure."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Instead of turning her inside out, Coppola illustrates just how ordinary she was and how her insular world prevented her from understanding the events that eventually would end her life."
- Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"Every criticism I have read of this film would alter is fragile magic and reduce its romantic and tragic poignancy to the level of an instructional film."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Given Coppola's fashion-first approach, it's a miracle the film doesn't feel more like a long perfume ad. But the movie has atmosphere, beauty, spirit, and exquisite production design, photography, and editing."
- Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"A startlingly original and beautiful pop reverie that comes very close to being transcendent."
- Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times
"Coppola brilliantly conjures the young queen's insular world, in which she was both isolated and claustrophobically scrutinized. While not celebrating Marie Antoinette's reign, Coppola clearly sympathizes with a girl who was less heedless than naive. "
- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"The work of a mature filmmaker who has identified and developed a new cinematic vocabulary to describe a new breed of post-postpostfeminist woman."
- Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"[Coppola] transports you to a place you've never been, makes you feel a sensation that's familiar, yet leaves you different than you were two hours earlier."
- Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"Ms. Coppola and her colleagues have also taken an anachronistic approach to her material with an anarchic pop-music score suggesting the complacent spirit of a contemporary spoiled teenager infatuated with the glistening surfaces of her generation."
- Andrew Sarris, Observer
"The movie slices through the cobwebs of history to seek the heart of the young Austrian princess whom 18th century political diplomacy thrust into a maelstrom of court intrigue and poisoned personal relationships without even asking if she minded."
- Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter

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