Marie Antoinette: The Last Queen of France

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Marie Antoinette: The Last Queen of FranceMarie Antoinette, the young and beautiful Austrian princess who was strategically married into the most prestigious monarchy in Europe, was to become the symbol for the wanton extravagance of the 18th century aristocracy and was to be France's last queen.

This is the story of a callous monarch, swept to her death in the torrent of the French Revolution. It is also the tale of a fragile young woman struggling to find herself during one of the most turbulent moments in human history.

Filmed in France and Austria, with rare access to Versailles, Le Petit Trianon, and the Austro-Hungarian palaces of her youth, Marie Antoinette will tell the intensely human story of the often misunderstood monarch who was beheaded during the turbulence and horror of the French revolution.

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  • Sieben Stern

    the last three minutes of this video tries really hard to redeem the first hour and fifty seven minutes. as interesting as it was, i have little pity for the 'poor little rich girl' that this docu portrays. did she suffer? i can't say she didn't, but not in the way that her lifestyle and that of her caste created for the poor and the serfs with their opulence.

    if the people are starving and so crushed by the upper echelon of their hierarchal society that they lose their own humanity to lust for blood (more than just dethroning the royalty and creating a republic) then there was suffering greater than we can understand.

  • pulunco

    Eloquent little documentary. Try it on if you are interested in this time period.

  • http://esmuziq.blogspot.com/ esmuziq & frames

    true true

  • crstlsnowflake

    Thank you for obtaining the video! It was great!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CMQ5D2IYK7SXBOMYXC2TWNFJPQ far

    The paintings show all that pomp, grandeur and romance but we know from hygiene habits of the time they must have smelled like pigs!

    This documentary shows much of what happened in public but aristocrats at the time where worse then they are now.
    I am sure those unflattering pamphlets had more truth to them then anyone would admit.

  • Guest

    Very interesting doc.

  • RiverAsUsual

    (@far) Actually, Marie Antoinette washed daily, but almost everyone else in France washed more like once a week or less.

    MA was actually looked upon as strange for bathing so often.

    However recent studies have shown that the possible reason for the dramatic rise in allergies in the world are due to the human race being too clean and immune systems aren't building up resistance to allergens etc. (See recently added Horizon documentary: Allergy Planet)

    So you can look at it from either viewpoint.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CMQ5D2IYK7SXBOMYXC2TWNFJPQ far

    "Despite the opulence of the palaces of France, they lacked indoor plumbing. ... it was not uncommon to find human excrement in the elegant carpeted stairways of the great palaces. Piles could be found in hallways and corridors. With bathing a rarity..."

    "Marie Antoinette ....never bathed, seldom changed clothes, and was around people who were actually less hygienic than she was."

  • davenportplay

    Great doc for sure.

  • Guest

    There was a neat little book, The Clean on Dirt by Katherine Ashenburg, published a few years back on this very topic; it was fascinating... in a grubby sort of way..... ; )))

  • Guest

    Yes, same with the Russian Revolution. Seems a percentage of this species never learns. However, it does say a lot for most humans; they're pretty content until pushed over the limit. Speaking of which.... I think we are off for another run..... sigh...

  • 0zyxcba1

    If the Bastille could be stormed, why not then the Federal Reserve?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CMQ5D2IYK7SXBOMYXC2TWNFJPQ far

    it will be one day....... by the Mexicans...... they would need farms of automated guillotines running around the clock to cleans the US of their Bourgeoisie..... Start with the Federal Reserve and Wall Street, then Washington, then Hollywood and finally Malls...

  • 0zyxcba1

    ...sounds good to me (lol)!...but why especially does it have to be "by the Mexicans?"

  • http://gothicburlesque.blogspot.com/ Hexotica

    I've visited her bathing chambers in Versailles so I don't see how that could be true...

  • Guest

    Marie A. bathed everyday, whole websites on her bathing practices. Seldom changed clothes?? then why did she buy all those dresses?? And yes, was around people much less hygienic than she.

  • http://profiles.google.com/mhgaboury mark gaboury

    Horrific, touching, and tragic. What an interesting woman! And I like all the French clips of excellent speakers. It gives this doc the right tone. This is a masterpiece documentary.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Layluhhuh Layla Phelps

    I don't think her death was justified! All because the poor wanted to be their own rulers? We have that here and its not all its cracked up to be. My neighbor is right maybe we do need a monarchy instead of a democracy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Layluhhuh Layla Phelps

    Oh and treason??? For what? Remaining true to the country she was born into? And having an affair? Woopty do. Prince Charles had affairs but he wasn't punished.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JB7SPTAISG3U4C3S2TDWFS63C4 Anu Ferro

    That would never happen to a ferro...they knew how to retain power...unfortunately (for them) the stream of change is sometimes even too powerful for them to resist. It happens, its called novelty or newness. The event horizon is near...thats why people everywhere...

  • candyflippin

    this doesnt take place too long after the Marquis de Sade's 120 Days of Sodom

  • candyflippin

    yeah? you'd be first to go if you're on that side of the fence, this isnt a democracy

  • http://www.twitter.com/piratesswoop Lynsey

    Well, like with the Russian Revolution, I don't think the children of the rulers should be forced to pay the mistakes of their parents. They had little or no control over the state of their parents' empires, and yet MA's little son and Nicholas II's five children were unjustly murdered through no fault of their own.

  • Jane Doe

    "a ferro" LMFAO!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JNIWLD2N7KE6YWLCZBXZ5EC3RQ Yusiley S

    Sorry, but I like to live in society that I make my own decision in what I want to be and not have my life be dictated by society all because of my parents' socioeconomic status. In a monarchical society, your status is determined by what your parents and grandparents did and not by your own personal gifts and talents. Seriously, I rather have the status that I have now as a teacher for children with special needs than being a serf or peasant any day. I moved up the latter by freewill, rather than be stuck into poverty because society said so. I helped myself and my parents through my own determination and talent. I would never have that opportunity living in a monarchical society. Do a careful research on the historical aspect of monarchical society before posting such bogus comment that retards our species progress. We may still have a long way to go before we can regard ourselves as a true superior species, but we're far more evolved than our great, great, great, grand parents ever were when it came to the ways of determining our own path and future.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JNIWLD2N7KE6YWLCZBXZ5EC3RQ Yusiley S

    I feel bad for Marie Antoinette. She was a byproduct of her society. Also be fair, she was a woman and at that time women had the same status as a house or the chair one sat on. Yea... she was Queen of France and lived better than the poor, but don;t mistake that with having the power to control a nation. After all, the fact still remain... she was a woman during the late-1700s. She wasn't given the same power and authority as the men within her courts. She was just there to produce hairs for the King and for appearance of Frances' power. There wasn't much she can do for her people, even if she wanted to. The people of France at that time overlooked at that fact. They forgot that women at that time couldn't speak up and it didn't matter of their husbands' status they were still factories to make babies and couldn't possibly be responsible with what happened to the country...that was ALL on the MEN!!!! Men were the ones making and enforcing the laws of society and how it ought to be conducted at that time period. Therefore the people should had just punished the repugnant, over-privileged, aristocratic men, and left the women and children alone.

  • lullajah

    heart-touching. a real masterpiece.

  • Angela Velazquez

    very nice documentary. worth watching. historically accurate. Definitely sympathetic to Marie Antionette.

  • http://www.facebook.com/darren.malin1 Darren Malin

    Strange I live in a monarchy and live in another yet I have made my own way just as you have.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002763334752 Connie Buckley Smith

    Ah the French!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000959265976 Symone Moses

    I can't help but feel sorry for Marie because she was going into a country by herself without anyone else from her homeland except for Count Mercy to help guide her after being born and raised in Austria. I also can't help but feel a little bit sad for the way she treated France before and during the French Revolution.

  • beautybelle29

    i can't help but cry watching the last 2 parts of the doc...i have 2 children...a mother can understand another mother...i pity for her children...cruelty is not the answer to solve political crises...they're just a family loving each other like any other simple families...that should not happen

  • beautybelle29

    i agree...and on the other hand she has done nothing wrong to the country...the punishment is not right...i pity for her children,they lost their parents at a young age and in a very horrible situation...i can't help but cry for the death of her son inside the prison cell...they're just but children and knew nothing about the whole situation...huh!!

  • 1l2eo3

    if they would have drove an old beat up bucket they would have made to Austria. Oh well hind sight is always 20/20

  • Hodd

    No, all because the poor didn't much like having no privileges or rights and realized how they were being treated. It was these movements in history that brought all the rights and freedoms we have today. You do realize a monarch is the same as a dictator?

  • Albie Farinas

    She had a lovely run and in the end death waits for us all....

  • bringmeredwine

    A very interesting doc, full of details I never knew before.
    But part 5 never loaded for me, which was so disappointing!

  • qzqzqz

    there ought to be docu's like this on all the main school history subjects.
    and have them in the right order.era colour coded as a proper set,and compulsory viewing in schools..history is so dull in books.this is a better story than most so called fiction entertainment..and its all true.
    I for one,have learned more history from this doc site than ever i did at school.

  • Seaton McClellan

    It`s interesting that you did not source your quotes, and when I googled them it seems that the only person who has ever your quotes.......well, was you.

  • morsie2

    A well-made documentary. Very interesting had me entranced. Perhaps we should blame the pamphleteers - the media of the time!

  • A MFM

    She was no hero. How about doing a documentary on one of the people who starved to death when she was feasting and gambling? This obsession with aristocracy, and there counterparts in the U.S., the Wall Street Billionaires, perpetuates their existence. We want to be them, until we become the second course at their dinner table. The violence perpetrated on the aristocracy was wrong, but what can you expect from starved, uneducated citizens?

  • HMan570

    Had the world not gone thru a a small ice age at that time things would have been much differant. People didn't understand about things as we do today. Neither the King or she had the education to lead a nation. Louis XVI did good for the United States and had they not done so I think the out come of our begining would have turned out much differantly. I have most of the books and CD's with all the documentary's that have been

  • Nyhus

    Good documentary, but i find it a little too pro Marie Antoinette. Killing her and her family might seem horrible to us, but i bet being a starving peasant, watching your children die off, and reading about her building her own little fantasy village because she was bored is worse.
    They keep talking about her being a lot smarter then she was given credit, yet they defend her spending by saying she didnt know about how her people suffered. A smart queen would at some moment during her life have inquired about the french populous, of that i have no doubt. So either she was stupid, or she really did not care about the starving people outside her walls. Either way, non excusable, and her being punished was not a tragedy. Her son being left do die in jail, on the other hand. Thats horrible. No child should ever go through that.

  • Merly Costa

    There's no such thing as "it is all true". There are many things that are not registered in documents and documentary films have their own agenda and are manipulative. I suggest you watch (and read) everything with a critical eye. But I'm glad you liked it. It is indeed a good documentary.