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Marie Antoinette (1938)





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M.G.M.'s opulent costume drama Marie Antoinette marked a return to the screen after a two-year absence for reigning Queen of M.G.M. Norma Shearer. Shearer plays the title role of an Austrian princess who is married off to Louis Auguste (Robert Morley), the Dauphin of France. Marie, by becoming the Dauphine, finds herself plopped smack in the middle of French palace intrigue between Louis's father King Louis XV (John Barrymore) and his scheming cousin, the Duke of Orleans (Joseph Schildkraut). With Louis unable to consummate his marriage to Marie, she takes to holding elaborate parties and gambling her fortune away. In a casino, she meets the handsome Count Axel de Fersen (Tyrone Power) and they have an affair. But when Louis XV dies and Louis becomes King Louis XVI, Fersen takes his leave, telling her that he could carry on an affair with a dauphine but not the Queen of France. Marie vows to be a great queen and remain loyal to her king. But the Duke of Orleans is plotting against Louis XVI, financing the revolutionary radicals. When the monarchy is overthrown, Louis and Marie are thrown into prison, awaiting execution. But when word gets back to Fersen, he travels back to France in an attempt to rescue Marie.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


Norma Shearer
as Marie Antoinette
Tyrone Power
as Count Axel de Ferson
John Barrymore
as King Louis XV
Robert Morley
as King Louis XVI
Gladys George
as Mme. Du Barry
Anita Louise
as Princess DeLamballe
Joseph Schildkraut
as Duke of Orleans
Henry Stephenson
as Count Mercey
Albert Dekker
as Count de Provence
Barnett Parker
as Prince de Rohan
Cora Witherspoon
as Mme. de Noailles
Walter Walker
as Benjamin Franklin
Henry Kolker
as Court Aide
Horace MacMahon
as Rabblerouser
Alma Kruger
as Empress Maria Theres...
George Meeker
as Robespierre
Robert H. Barrat
as Citizen-Officer
Marilyn Knowlden
as Princess Theresa
Al Bridge
as Official in Passport...
George Zucco
as Governor of Concierg...
Theodore von Eltz
as Officer in Entrance ...
Hugh Huntley
as Man in Opera Hall
Guy D'Ennery
as Minister
Ian Wolfe
as Herbert, the Jailer
John Burton
as Lafayette
Mae Busch
as Mme. LaMotte
Cecil Cunningham
as Mme. De Lerchenfeld
Ruth Hussey
as Mme. Le Polignac
Victor Kilian
as Guard in Louis' Cell
Claude King
as Choisell
Horace McMahon
as Rabblerouser
Lionel Royce
as Guillaume
Kathryn Sheldon
as Mme. Tilson
Lawrence Grant
as Old Nobleman
Alonzo Price
as Guardsman
Harry Davenport
as M. de Cosse
Richard Alexander
as Man with Pike
George Houston
as Marquis De St. Pries...
Harry Stubbs
as Councilor
Moroni Olsen
as Bearded Man
Olaf Hytten
as Boehmer the Jeweler
Buddy Roosevelt
as Revolutionary Office...
Lane Chandler
as Revolutionary Office...
Tom Rutherford
as St. Clair
Charles Waldron
as Swedish Ambassador
Zeffie Tilbury
as Dowager at Birth of ...
Frank Elliott
as King's Chamberlain
Guy Bates Post
as Convention President
Gustav von Seyfferti...
as King's Confessor
Nigel De Brulier
as Archbishop
Ramsey Hill
as Major Domo
Jack George
as Orchestra Leader
Denis D'Auburn
as Beuregaard
Frank Campeau
as Lemonade Vendor
Kathrun Sheldon
as Mme. Tilson
Frank Jaquet
as Keeper of the Seal
Jacques Lory
as French Peasant
Bea Nigro
as Woman at the Opera
Harold Entwistle
as Old Aristocrat at Op...
Edward Keane
as General
Esther Howard
as Streetwalker
Inez Palange
as Fish Wife
Frank Swales
as Chimney Sweep
Billy Engle
as Man with Goblet
Ramsay Hill
as Major Domo
Erville Alderson
as Passport Official
Duke R. Lee
as Coach Driver
Ben Hall
as Young Man with Lante...
Alan Bridge
as Official in Passport...
Helene Millard
as Lady-in-Waiting to D...
Dorothy Christy
as Lady-in-Waiting to D...
Frances Millen
as Lady-in-Waiting to D...
Mimi Olivera
as Lady-in-Waiting to D...
Frank McGlynn Jr.
as Soldier with Rude La...
John Butler
as Municipal
John K. Butler
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.

Full Review… | 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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