Film Review : ' Let Them Eat Cake ' Essay

893 Words Oct 13th, 2016 4 Pages
“Let them eat cake,” one of the most famous lines by Marie Antoinette, was not even uttered by the woman herself. Marie was the last queen of France before the French Revolution. Her original role was to participate in the marriage between herself and Louis XVI to form an alliance between Austria and France. Marie was soon viewed as a symbol of the excess that the monarchy had because of her lavish spending on fashion and luxuries, along with her gambling problem (“Marie Antoinette…”). In 2006, the film Marie Antoinette, directed by Sofia Coppola, reached theaters and was met with mixed reviews over the historical accuracy of the film. While some said that the film was fantastic, others stated that there were too many historical inaccuracies for the movie to be any good.
Throughout the movie, the viewer follows a fourteen year old Marie Antoinette, portrayed by Kirsten Dunst, and her viewpoint of the French Revolution. It shows her marriage to Louis XVI (Jason Schwartzman) and her struggles with finding her place at French court. Throughout half of the movie, it focuses on how they were not able to consummate the marriage because of Louis XVI’s reluctance to participate in “those kind of activities.” This causes Marie to be ridiculed by the public for not being able to produce an heir due to her husband’s reluctance. She is criticized not only for the lack of consummation, but also for her Austrian heritage, spending, and gambling problems. The movie only begins to touch…

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