Filming Photography: Marie Antoinette (Sofia Coppola, 2006)

Movies in costume are amazing. The dresses, the make up, the palaces, the stories that make us all dream. But I particularly love this one for its softness and its pop culture style, for the drama of two adolescents who were inadequate to be king and queen and their respective (and impossible) escapes, and of course for its gorgeous photography, directed by Lance Acord.

During the whole film, despite the great soundtrack and – of course – dialogues, silence prevails. It’s the photography that tells us the stories of life at court, of the life of a woman in search of her identity, with her virtues and vices, her desires and delusions.

In addition to the movie, who could not be enchanted by Annie Leibovitz photographs for Vogue Magazine?


About Marta Favro

Full time employee in an online marketing agency, photographer and traveller (not necessary in that order). Graduated in English Literature. Passionate of long walks in the Nature, cats, books, music.
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One Response to Filming Photography: Marie Antoinette (Sofia Coppola, 2006)

  1. Susu says:

    I had reached the point in my life where I could not bare the idea of seeing another historical-costume-drama. The thought of seeing another actor attempting the stilted period lingo and mello-drama gives me a headache, BUT Miss Coppola has undone my pain with this fresh take on the period drama, with her lovely and off-beat MARIE-ANTOINETTE. Usually you watch the piece from afar, thinking, “Wow, life sure was hard back then,” but you never really can relate to the characters, but Coppola breaks tradition in a completely refreshing way, so that you can really understand these characters. She uses modern day music (not like the horrible A KNIGHT’S TALE did) and hand held camera work. Her style is much more free and alive. She takes her time with the material so that we get a feel for time period and all of the free time they had. The acting is first rate, other than a mis-cast Rip Torn who’s a little too over-the-top. If you’ve enjoyed her other movies (THE VIRGIN SUICIDES & LOST IN TRANSLATION), then you are sure to enjoy this film. But if you are looking for another stilted period drama with forced accents and dead camera work then rent THE PARTRIOT or VANITY FAIR. I really enjoyed MARIE-ANTIONETTE, though I’m not sure how historically accurate it is, it’s a fine film. Some have criticized Coppola for making a French subject so American, but that is not the point, she has created an accessible historical biopic, that people of MARIE-ANTIONETTE’s age could enjoy and relate to.

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