Marie Antoinette (2022) Looks Better Than I Feared

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The trailer for Canal+’s upcoming TV series, Marie Antoinette (2022), just dropped, and it’s not as bad as I feared! The series stars German actress Emilia Schüle as the legendary French queen, while the creator and writer is Deborah Davis, who wrote The Favourite (2018). It’s being billed as a feminist take on Marie-Antoinette, according to Vogue.

I totally stand by my rant about the first real still from the film, but luckily it doesn’t look like the whole thing will be a Disneyfied sparkle-motion princess disaster like that first ensemble implied.

Let’s take a look at some of the trailer’s highlights:

2022 Marie Antoinette

Yep, I was right that that blue crystal fantasy is her arriving-at-Versailles outfit. Oh goody, skirt-hiking in the first three seconds of the trailer!

2022 Marie Antoinette

James Purefoy as Louis XV. You know I like this, because I have a thing for Louis. I’m not too sure about the puffy hair on top.

2022 Marie Antoinette

Obviously the wedding night; obviously yes, we are contrasting naturalistic makeup/hair color during arrival with lots of makeup/powder once we arrive in Versailles. I quite like this look — the shape of the hair is great, as is the powder, and I love the paled-out face with strong cheeks and lips. They just need to ditch all the eye makeup!

Portrait of Marie-Antoinette by Jean-Baptiste Charpentier the Elder after Joseph Ducreux, 1770, Palace of Versailles.

This wasn’t an eye-makeup era. Portrait of Marie-Antoinette by Jean-Baptiste Charpentier the Elder after Joseph Ducreux, 1770, Palace of Versailles.

2022 Marie Antoinette

Of COURSE we’ve gotta have lesbian interest! I like how Marie-Antoinette’s (left) dress fabric looks like a chiné silk. Not a big fan of the 1980s Gibson Girl revival hair on the right.

Robe à la française in chiné silk (closeup), 1760-70, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Here’s an example of “chiné” silk. Robe à la française (closeup), 1760-70, Metropolitan Museum of Art

2022 Marie Antoinette

The wedding, I presume? Apparently we’re not shelling out for actual court gowns.

Cérémonie du Mariage de Louis-Auguste, Dauphin de France, avec l'archiduchesse Marie-Antoinette d'Autriche, soeur de Lempereur ; Célébré dans la Chapelle de Versailles, le 16 may 1770, par M.r de la Roche Aymon, Archevêque de Rheims, 1770, Bibliothèque nationale de France

There’s Marie-Antoinette in the background-right at her wedding, wearing real court dress, as are all her ladies to the left. Cérémonie du Mariage de Louis-Auguste, Dauphin de France, avec l’archiduchesse Marie-Antoinette d’Autriche, soeur de Lempereur ; Célébré dans la Chapelle de Versailles, le 16 may 1770, par M.r de la Roche Aymon, Archevêque de Rheims, 1770, Bibliothèque nationale de France

Le Dauphin et la Dauphine en habits de noces via louis-xvi.over-blog.net

And from the front. Le Dauphin et la Dauphine en habits de noces via louis-xvi.over-blog.net

2022 Marie Antoinette

Some Bitch has naturally occurring beachy waves? Or did she spend 3 hours with a curling iron?

2022 Marie Antoinette

The sheer white fabric is nice, the exposed boning is more Vivienne Westwood. Is that the Chevalier de Saint-Georges on the left?

2022 Marie Antoinette

I’m guessing these are the bitchy aunts, who according to this take have hairstyles that are stuck in the 1750s.

1754 - portrait of Madame Henriette de France by Jean-Marc Nattier

One of the aunts with 1750s hair in … the 1750s. Portrait of Madame Henriette de France by Jean-Marc Nattier, 1754.

Portrait of Louise-Marie-Therese de France, called Madame Victoire by Joseph Ducreux, c. 1770s, via artnet.com

Nobody freak out, but here’s another aunt with 1770s hair… in the 1770s. Portrait of Louise-Marie-Therese de France, called Madame Victoire by Joseph Ducreux, c. 1770s, via artnet.com

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Marie-Antoinette sticking it to The Man, man!

2022 Marie Antoinette

Not sure who these two are, but the left-hand wig has a great texture and looks stolen from the Sophia Coppola movie; both ladies need the backs of their wigs restyled to create the looped-up “chignon.”

2006 Marie Antoinette

You know, this one on Mary Nighy as the Princesse de Lamballe.

Lauenbergers Genealogischen Kalendar für 1780: Coëffures Berlinoises, Daniel Nikolaus Chodowiecki, 1779

The kind of looped-up back I’m talking about. Lauenbergers Genealogischen Kalendar für 1780: Coëffures Berlinoises, Daniel Nikolaus Chodowiecki, 1779, Rijksmuseum

 

You know I’ll be watching and reviewing the shit out of this as soon as it drops! So, stay tuned, and share your thoughts in the comments.

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16 Responses

  1. Saraquill

    I understand why they’re sticking to one, obviously adult actress. It would still be nice if they hired someone baby-faced to play Marie Antoinette in her earliest days at Versailles, underscore SHE WAS 14 when she first had to navigate this world.

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  2. Susan

    Is Mary any relation to the fab British actor Bill? We need a Man Candy on him. Not sure on this Marie Antoinette bc no daughter of Maria Theresa would be caught dead with skirt hiking (er maybe with getting on a horse) or beachy waves. Looks very Woke. Yeck

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  3. Lime

    The pic with the (possible) Chevalier de Saint-Georges reminds me there was a movie about him in the making, but I haven’t read anything about it in ages. Does anyone know about this?

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  4. Traci / Blaze

    The pic of her in the sheer white, the stars in her hair remind me of the same do for the silver ‘Rocket Gown’ from the 1938 Norma Shearer movie!

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  5. Coco

    So this looks like it’s one of these strange multi-national productions, like ‘Borgia’ and ‘Versailles,’ where it’s filmed in English despite the actors countries of origin and then dubbed for various markets. According to IMDb, an executive producer on this was also one on ‘Versailles,’ therefore, considering the highest quality part of that show was its opening title sequence, I’m not holding my breath for a masterpiece.
    I’m not kidding myself either – I will probably watch this to the bitter end.

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  6. Nico

    The costumes do not look bad but I’m tired of the poor teenagy take on her, just to make a « cool » show… that was original in 2006 with Coppola, now it just feels so cliché.

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  7. Lily Lotus Rose

    The thing that has me the most worked up/worried is James Purefoy as Louis XV. Why? I mean, I love him, but who is his agent?

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