Marie Antoinette (1938)





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This historical drama focuses on the Austrian princess who became a queen (Norma Shearer) via marriage to the future King of France, Louis XVI (Robert Morley). When her marriage proves loveless, she begins an affair with a Swedish count (Tyrone Power), who stays with her until she becomes queen--upon the death of Louis XV (John Barrymore). Meanwhile, unhappy revolutionaries led by the Duke of Orleans (Jose Schildkraut) plan to overthrow the government and when they succeed, the King and Queen … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Romance, Classics
Directed By: , , ,
Written By: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Claudine West, Donald Ogden Stewart, Ernest Vajda
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On DVD: Oct 10, 2006


as Marie Antoinette

as Count Axel de Ferson

as King Louis XV

as King Louis XVI

as Mme. Du Barry

as Princess DeLamballe

as Duke of Orleans

as Count Mercey

as Count de Provence

as Prince de Rohan

as Mme. de Noailles

as Benjamin Franklin

as Court Aide

as Rabblerouser

as Empress Maria Theres...

as LaMotte

as Robespierre

as Citizen-Officer

as Princess Theresa

as Official in Passport...

as Governor of Concierg...

as Municipal

as Officer in Entrance ...

as Man in Opera Hall

as Minister

as Herbert, the Jailer

as Lafayette

as Mme. LaMotte

as Mme. De Lerchenfeld

as Mme. Le Polignac

as Guard in Louis' Cell

as Choisell

as Rabblerouser

as Guillaume

as Mme. Tilson

as Old Nobleman

as Guardsman

as M. de Cosse

as Man with Pike

as Marquis De St. Pries...

as Councilor

as Bearded Man

as Boehmer the Jeweler

as Revolutionary Office...

as Revolutionary Office...

as St. Clair

as Swedish Ambassador

as Dowager at Birth of ...

as King's Chamberlain

as Convention President

as King's Confessor

as Archbishop

as Olivia

as Major Domo

as Orchestra Leader

as Beuregaard

as Lemonade Vendor

as Mme. Tilson

as Keeper of the Seal

as French Peasant

as Woman at the Opera

as Old Aristocrat at Op...

as General

as Streetwalker

as Fish Wife

as Chimney Sweep

as Man with Goblet

as Major Domo

as Passport Official

as Coach Driver

as Young Man with Lante...

as Official in Passport...

as Lady-in-Waiting to D...

as Lady-in-Waiting to D...

as Lady-in-Waiting to D...

as Lady-in-Waiting to D...

as Soldier with Rude La...

as Municipal
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Critic Reviews for Marie Antoinette

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | May 25, 2006
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

[Norma Shearer is] enough to make this dodgy, obese slab of prestige moviemaking turn into something sparkling and engaging.

Full Review… | May 30, 2014
Antagony & Ecstasy

Lavish in its textures, weird in its delivery, "Marie Antoinette" is a psychedelic swirl of girliness and history.

| October 29, 2006
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Subtleties of history and psychology are glossed over in deference to the movie's teenybopper sensibilities.

Full Review… | October 20, 2006
Sacramento News & Review

Audience Reviews for Marie Antoinette

This really should have been in color. The sets, wigs and costumes are almost impossibly lavish and are dazzling even in B&W. It's an enjoyable if questionably accurate historical account of Marie's rise and fall. Norma does well in the lead her occasional lapses into grandiosity are well suited to a queen and don't get in the way of her characterization like they often did in several of her other films and her smaller moments are well played.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Shearer stands out in this average historical movie.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

So I LOVE the Coppola film and had to see it for comparison. I think some of the historical parts were romanticized and especially since the '35 Hays Act. Anyway, GLORIOUS costumes, fantastic acting by Shearer and in many ways a more heart-wrenching tale than the modern one. Still, I really loved it. One of those films I really wish had been in color... it would have been spectacular...

Jennifer D

Super Reviewer

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