3.31: MARIE ANTOINETTE (2006) and Anarchy

Our next Sofia Coppola film is her 2006 historical biopic MARIE ANTOINETTE. We talk about decadence, loneliness, and why this film tries to several very interesting things ? but doesn’t quite succeed in pulling them off.

(The audio from Rob gets better about 7 minutes in…)

Next Week

We conclude our Coppola mini-season with her most recent film, 2017’s THE BEGUILED. Will it be LOST IN TRANSLATION, mark 2, or another MARIE ANTOINETTE? Find out here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B074P9VGN4.

This Week’s Media

ELLA MINNOW PEA (2001): Mark Dunn

WESTWORLD (2016?): Jonathan Nolan, Evan Rachel Wood, Thandi Newton


THE DREAMERS (2003): Bernardo Bertolucci, Michael Pitt, Eva Green

THE HEART IS DECEITFUL ABOVE ALL THINGS (2004): Asia Argento, Jimmy Bennett, Dylan Sprouse

CLUELESS (1995): Amy Heckerling, Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash

SPY (2015): Paul Feig, Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne


Firstly, here are the Wikipedia pages we mentioned that you could before (or during!) this movie: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Antoinettehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_French_consortshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_French_monarchs, and (if you’re Sam) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Window. This is a good book on the representation of anarchy in culture: https://books.google.co.uk/books?hl=en&lr=&id=fRR8eWzRhbYC&oi=fnd&pg=PR9&dq=anarchy+politics&ots=9Qg-eG03Ia&sig=QNjqdX-8VuFeHx2SOEaQ9QYpcWU#v=onepage&q=anarchy%20politics&f=false, and these are both good on the relationship between anarchy and punk (self-consciously alluded to by the opening titles, as we discussed): https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=sXeFAgAAQBAJ&dq=anarchy+punk&lr=&source=gbs_navlinks_s and https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=vRtLRAmcNF0C&dq=anarchy+punk&lr=&source=gbs_navlinks_s. Finally, here’s a list of alternatives to this week’s film, if you’re interested in the period: http://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/news-bfi/lists/10-great-films-set-18th-century.