Sofia Coppola’s cleverly revisionist portrayal of France’s last queen (played by Kirsten Dunst) delights in jabbing at the court’s relentless rounds of pageantry. Versailles, though, became for Coppola the main appeal — the American filmmaker was allowed complete access to the palace. “Being in the real Versailles affected everyone working on [the film]. . . . Even the fact that you were seeing the real gardens outside the windows. I’d seen a little bit of the movie with Norma Shearer [Marie Antoinette, 1938], which has a very kind of Hollywood/artificial feeling.” — Sofia Coppola
(Sofia Coppola, 2006, 123 minutes)
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