Marie Antoinette The Movie: Accurate Or Not?

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Marie Antoinette the Movie: Accurate or Not? The Hollywood rendition of the life of Marie Antoinette was not historically accurate. The minor details and the major plot supporters were embellished for entertainment reasons causing the viewer to lose sight of the importance of her in the French Revolution. Although Marie Antoinette was visually attractive and fascinating to the eye, it was not accurate due to the addition and loss of certain aspects of her life. Considering Marie Antoinette was such a pivotal player in the French Revolution, more history and research about her should have been included in the film that depicted her life. Other than just giving her a dull mind and a pretty face, directors and producers should have not only given …show more content…
She was very dedicated to her children and once they were born, she stopped loosely spending France’s money and started focusing her time on her kids. Coppala failed to show her pulling away from the extravagance until the bitter end. Another example of the lack of history in the movie Marie Antoinette is the death of her child. The scene is a portrait of Marie Antoinette and her three children which is then removed and replaced with a new painting. The new painting is exactly the same as the first but the young boy slowly fades away, which is supposed to show her son dying. This scene should have been more stressed because it was particularly important for Marie Antoinette to have a son so there would have been an heir to the throne, but since he died there was no longer an heir, only a daughter. Since Coppala made the difficulty of Marie Antoinette bearing a son very important in the beginning of the movie, the loss of a child should have been equally as important. Of course, the movie was correct in its portrayal of the Austrian Princess in that she was an extravagant shopper and gambler but did not meet the expectations in historical accuracy of major events during the French …show more content…
A women named Jeanne de LaMotte Valois pretended she was a close friend of the queen and forged letters saying that Marie Antoinette wanted a very extravagant necklace made. The necklace cost around 1.5 million francs or 4.7 million dollars today. The necklace was then made and given to LaMotte who disappeared back to London and had the necklace sold in pieces. When the jeweler demanded the money, Marie Antoinette was very angry and ordered LaMotte to be arrested immediately. LaMotte was put on trial and received her punishment. The rest of the world did not see Marie Antoinette as innocent, they saw her as getting her way again and making sure that she was found innocent by having the parliament be her judge on the trial. This was the crowning jewel of Marie Antoinette’s reputation of being an extravagant spender. It was also one way France came to hate the royal family. This missing scene of the movie could have been crucial to the viewer’s understanding of how the king and queen came to be such hated people. Not only would it have been an aid to the viewer, it would have also been a scene that depicted scandal and would have given the movie the drama factor that Hollywood movies

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