Marie Antoinette

Synopsis: 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.
Production: MGM
  Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination.
149 min

What can Mama want

at this time of night?

I was nearly asleep.

Is it something I've done, do you think?

- What did she say? Did she look cross?

- Solemn, I thought.

Oh, dear, what can it be?

What have I done?

She can't say much to me anyway.

I'm a grown woman.

- Feldy, you know.

- Your lmperial Highness.

Feldy, tell me. Feldy, stop.

- The empress is waiting.

- I don't care.

- Oh, I must not. I dare not.

- I command you.

- Am I to be scolded?

- No.

- Is it important?

- Yes.

I won't let you take another step,

not a step.

Tell me, Feldy. Whisper it.

I won't breathe a word. I promise.

Feldy. Sweet Feldy. Dear Feldy.

You're to be married.


Feldy, how thrilling. How marvelous.

To whom? To whom?

- Come on.

- Feldy, wait a minute.

Feldy, how can you be

so aggravating?

Your Majesty, her lmperial Highness.

Enter, my dear.

Your Highness.

Mama, you sent for me?

- Toni, I have great news for you.

- Yes, Mama?

I have just signed

your marriage contract.

Married? I'm to be married?

Oh, Mama, how thrilling.

How marvelous.

Who is it? What's he like?

This alliance will be very advantageous

for our country.

I'm sure it will.

Is he attractive?

Do you think he'll like me?

You must see to it

that he does, my child.

You must learn to be worthy

of your destiny.

I want you to be a good wife,

a good queen.

A queen.

I'm to be a queen?

Oh, Mama. Why, Feldy.

You didn't tell me that I'm...

I didn't know that...

Mama, Feldy didn't tell me

I was to be a queen.

Well, I'm glad Feldy

left me something to tell.

You're to be married

to the dauphin of France.

- France?

- The future king.


I'm to be queen of France.

One day.

You are pleased?

Oh, Mama. Oh, think of it.

Queen of France.

Toni, France is not Austria.

You must accustom yourself

to new people and new ways.

Count Mercey is my ambassador

at Versailles.

He will guide you when he can.

The rest, you must trust

to your husband.

I will. Of course I will.

Is he handsome?

There's time for that later.

You go to bed now.

They say Versailles is too marvelous.

- I said, to bed.

- Yes, Mama.

Versailles is no more marvelous

than Vienna.

- No, Mama.

- Good night.

Oh, good night, Mama.

And thank you, thank you, thank you.

Mama. Oh, Mama, think of it.

I shall be queen.

I shall be queen of France.

We're the brothers of the bridegroom.

He's Provence, I'm Artois,

and much the nicer.

Oh, you both look very nice.

But proceed, madame.

You are most welcome,

Marie Antoinette of Austria.

Marie Antoinette of France,

Your Majesty.

France is indeed fortunate.

And so is my grandson, Louis.

No, no, no.

This is your cousin,

the duke of Orlans.

What a pity.


We present to you Louis-Auguste,

dauphin of France.


...your bride.

It is with the deepest emotion

that I tell you...

...that this is the happiest day

of my life.


I am very glad...

...and I am only too happy

to reply to you...

- There's some more.

- More?

To my speech.

It is with the deepest...

For some time I have been

looking forward to this meeting.


I have long been awaiting

this happy event...

...and now, after my pleasant journey

through the happy domains of France...

For some time I have been

looking forward to this meeting.

- I thank you with all my heart.

- Bravo!

And now, don't you think,

my dear grandson...

...that this auspicious meeting

might be celebrated by something...

...even more convincing

than your delightful speech?

With this ring I thee wed,

and I plight unto thee my troth.


- Amen.

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Claudine West

Claudine West (1890–1943) was a British novelist and screenwriter. She moved to Hollywood in 1929, and was employed by MGM on many films, including some of their biggest productions of the late 1930s and early 1940s. Many of the films she worked on were British-themed such as Goodbye, Mr. Chips and The White Cliffs of Dover. In 1942, West won an Oscar as one of the screenwriters of the highly-regarded World War II drama Mrs. Miniver. more…

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