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Marie Antoinette

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Original title
Marie Antoinette
Running time
149 min.
United States United States
Donald Ogden Stewart, Ernest Vajda, Claudine West
Herbert Stothart
William H. Daniels, George J. Folsey, Leonard Smith (B&W)
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Drama | Costume Drama. Biography. Historical. French Revolution. 18th Century
Synopsis / Plot
The life of Marie Antoinette (1755-1793) from betrothal and marriage in 1770 to her beheading. At first, she's a Hapsburg teenager isolated in France, living a virgin's life in the household of the Dauphin, a shy solitary man who would like to be a locksmith. Marie discovers high society, with the help of Orleans and her brothers-in-law. Her foolishness is at its height when she meets a Swedish count, Axel de Fersen. He helps her see her fecklessness. In the second half of the film, she avoids an annulment, becomes queen, bears children, and is a responsible ruler. The affair of the necklace and the general poverty of France feed revolution. She faces death with dignity.

Academy Awards: 4 Nominations: Actress (Norma Shearer), Actor in a Supporting Role (Robert Morley), Art Direction and Best Music, Original Score.
1938: 4 Nominations for Oscar: Actress (Shearer), OST, Art Direction, Supporting Actor (Morley)
1938: Venice: Best Actress (Norma Shearer)
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