You’d think I could simply ignore Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette like any ordinary populist, but, once again, Romancing the Tome steers me to this amusing piece of news. Apparently, the Marie Antoinette Association has blasted Coppola’s film. President Michele Lorin notes, “We’ve spent years trying to convince people that the queen was not just a libertine who told the starving to eat cake. What do you see on the trailer? You see Marie Antoinette eating cake. You see her lying naked on a chaise longue. I fear the film is going to set us back many years.”
No complaints on the egregious 1980s soundtrack? Or Coppola’s diffidence to include Marie’s death? If Marie Antoinette’s most ardent supporters are protesting this film, then heaven help the reactions of a mass audience.
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