TASK: Finish watching the movie “Marie Antoinette”, by Sofia Coppola and answer the following questions.
1) Marie Antoinette is sometimes referred to as “The Teenage Queen”. What attitudes in the movie can show that?
Marie is, at first, very much an outsider, summoned from Austria as a 14-year-old to be the bride of the future Louis XVI. Crossing the border, she is stripped of her clothes and her beloved pug, Mops, and welcomed into a world of rigorously observed, often ridiculous forms. She is referred to as “The Teenage Queen” because of some of the following attitudes: her constant disobedience, the doing of things people did not expect the future queen to do such as: laughing, singing, always trying to call people’s attentions, etc. Also, she was too young and that’s the reason why she could not comply with what was expected from her.
On one occasion she breaks with tradition by applauding at the opera, and then appears onstage herself, showing her profligate and self-indulgent behaviour.
2) After her first child is born she shows many changes in her attitude and lifestyle. How? Provide examples. Why do you think that happens?
After her first child was born, Marie adopts a more mature behaviour. She feels responsible of her child and that someone depended on her. As to be present on her child’s first years, she decided moving to a country house where she taught her about nature. However, this did not take her away from her extravagant life.
3) Some historians have often suggested that Marie Antoinette’s behaviour helped encourage agitation in the people at the beginning of the Revolution. Can you find any instances in the movie that confirm or deny this claim?
Yes, once she takes a lover, a dashing Swedish nobleman, and turns Petit Trianon, a royal retreat that was a gift from her husband, into a kind of Versailles V.I.P. room, where she drinks, gardens, reads Rousseau and plays shepherdess. These activities have often been mocked and were the source of scandal and outrage in the years before the revolution.
4) Towards the end of the movie, we see a more mature woman. How does she show she has somehow stopped being “The Teenage Queen”?
At the end of the movie, we see Marie Antoinette really worried and when the people came to attack the Palace her husband wanted to convince her to go away with her children but she decided to stay by his side showing her growth in character, personality and at last she could be more mature. Though late, she realised the heart and difficult situation the country was.