Marie Antoninette

Directed By: W.S. Van Dyke Starring: Tyrone Power Norma Shearer

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Her eyes shine as brightly as the diamonds at her slender throat or as the countless candles that turn the Palace of Versailles into a light-drenched fantasy world. She is Marie Antoinette, Queen of France: beautiful, imperious, headstrong...and doomed. With an opulence exemplifying Hollywood's Golden Era at its most glamorous, the grandeur and revolutionary fervor of 18th-century France sweeps across the screen in this nominee for 4 Academy Awards. Elegant Best Actress Oscar nominee Norma Shearer stars in the decades-spanning title role, Tyrone Power plays her ardent beloved, John Barrymore is crafty Louis XV and debuting Robert Morley portrays timid Louis XVI. From ballroom to boudoir to guillotine, Marie Antoinette is regal romantic adventure.


Studio Warner
SKU 202860267
UPC 012569793675
UPC 14 00012569793675
Format DVD
Release Date 10/10/2006
Rating NR
Period Piece
Editors Note
Note With a seven-figure budget and veteran director W.S. Van Dyke at the helm, MARIE ANTOINETTE is one of the most opulent period dramas produced in the golden era of Hollywood. The film chronicles the life of the 18th-century queen, following her emotional transformation from childhood as a young Austrian princess to her last days in the court of Louis XVI before the French Revolution. Led by the talents of Norma Shearer as Marie, John Barrymore as Louis XVI, and Tyrone Power as Marie's childhood friend and aspiring lover, Count Axel de Fersen, the film exposes the power plays and chicaneries of the French court, painting the Duke d'Orleans as the villainous source of Marie's public relations tragedy. With the extravagance of the court matched vociferously by the extravagance of the production, a romantic score by Henry Stothart, and a strong performance from Shearer, MARIE ANTOINETTE is a quality period drama.
Plot Summary
Summary This is an opulent production of the life of the 18th-century French queen whose most lasting contribution to history has been a supercilious remark about baked goods. Academy Award Nominations: 4, including Best Actress--Norma Shearer.
USA Today "...A 150-minute guilty pleasure..." 05/11/1990 p.3D
New York Times "[Barrymore] is a sarcastic and worldly Louis XV, while the great character actor Joseph Schildkraut plays the perfidious Duke d'Orleans." 10/24/2006 p.E6
W.S. Van Dyke
Tyrone Power
Norma Shearer
Cast & Crew
Ernest Vajda, et. al. - Screenplay
Herbert Stothart - Original Music By
Hunt Stromberg, et. al. - Producer
John Barrymore - Actor
Norma Shearer - Actor
Robert Kern - Editor
Robert Morley - Actor
Tyrone Power - Actor
W.S. Van Dyke - Director
William H. Daniels, et. al. - Cinematographer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1938
Catalog ID 79367
UPC 00012569793675
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 157 minutes
Color B&W
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Nominee (1939) Oscar, Robert Morley , Best Actor in a Supporting Role,Oscar, Norma Shearer, Best Actress in a Leading Role,Oscar, Cedric Gibbons, Best Art Direction,Oscar, Herbert Stothart , Best Music, Original Score
Winner (1938) Venice Film Festival, Norma Shearer, Best Actress
Nominee (1038) Venice Film Festival, W.S. Van Dyke, Best Film
ReviewSource Classic Film Guide
Review Directed by W. S. Van Dyke, with a screenplay written by Donald Ogden Stewart (The Philadelphia Story (1940)), Ernest Vajda, and Claudine West (Mrs. Miniver (1942)), this average historical drama earned Norma Shearer her last (Best Actress) and Robert Morley (in his film debut) his only (Supporting Actor) Oscar nomination(s). Cedric Gibbons's Art Direction, and Herbert Stothart's (The Wizard of Oz (1939)) Score were also nominated (this was Stothart's first of 10 nominations). Said to have been Shearer's husband Irving Thalberg's last project, in the planning stages at the time of his death in 1936, the film suffers more from its length and plodding pace than anything else.
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Shearer,Norma
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Doug Pratt, ...a wonderful, underbilled performance by Robert Morley...
USA Today ...guilty pleasure...

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