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Director: W.S. Van Dyke     Starring: Tyrone Power Norma Shearer
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Product Details:

Format: DVD
Sku: 202860267
UPC: 012569793675
UPC 14: 00012569793675
Category Keywords: Period Piece  Romance  Royalty
Rating: NR
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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.

"...a wonderful, underbilled performance by Robert Morley...  Doug Pratt, DVDLaser.com
"...guilty pleasure...  USA Today

Editor's 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.
Features
Video Features DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 10/10/2006
Video Play Time Running Time: 157 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1938
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 79367
Video UPC UPC: 00012569793675
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: B&W

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info John Barrymore
Video Cast Info Norma Shearer
Video Cast Info Robert Morley
Video Cast Info Tyrone Power
Video Cast Info Ernest Vajda, et. al. - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Herbert Stothart - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Hunt Stromberg, et. al. - Producer
Video Cast Info Robert Kern - Editor
Video Cast Info W.S. Van Dyke - Director
Video Cast Info William H. Daniels, et. al. - Cinematographer
Plot 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.

Awards


Nominee (1939)
   Video Award Name Oscar, Robert Morley , Best Actor in a Supporting Role
   Video Award Name Oscar, Norma Shearer, Best Actress in a Leading Role
   Video Award Name Oscar, Cedric Gibbons, Best Art Direction
   Video Award Name Oscar, Herbert Stothart , Best Music, Original Score

Winner (1938)
   Video Award Name Venice Film Festival, Norma Shearer, Best Actress

Nominee (1038)
   Video Award Name Venice Film Festival, W.S. Van Dyke, Best Film

Professional Reviews

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

Classic Film Guide 8 of 10
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.

Product Attributes
Product attributeActor:   Shearer,Norma
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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