28 September 2012

marie antoinette. a film by sofia coppola.

28 September 2012

It's about that time of year to watch Sofia Coppola's dreamy and ever so nostalgic rendition of Marie Antoinette. Yes, I have a thing for the seasonality of films...and for some reason-- perhaps it was the time of this film's release-- but, early autumn indicates that time of year to watch this film.

Anyway, the colors, the music & the melancholy create a mood that brings the viewer into not only Antoinette's world, but Coppola's. Coppola brings her interest in the psychology of the young female to this very famous queen creating, instead of a frivolous tyrant, a young woman pressured into only caring about the niceties of her social class and her ability to produce an heir to the throne. Coppola also uses this film as grounds to exploit ideas of femininity to its fullest as seen in the picturesque landscapes that relate so much to the inner-workings of a young girl's mind, as well as the yards of luxurious fabrics, all things delicate, pink & wallpaper, wallpaper, wallpaper.

Historical inaccuracies and speculations aside, what Coppola is doing is making Antoinette a real person in this real place (as it was filmed on location in Versailles). While your watching eat something decadent & definitely drink something pink.

All images by Annie Leibovitz for Vogue September 2006
happy eatings & cheers!

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