Marie Antoinette (1938)

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The tragic life of Marie Antoinette, who became queen of France in her late teens.

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  • Robert Morley and Norma Shearer in Marie Antoinette (1938)
  • Gladys George and Barnett Parker in Marie Antoinette (1938)
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  • Norma Shearer in Marie Antoinette (1938)

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Did You Know?


Crowd scenes and various long shots of the Guillotine with thousands of extras surrounding it prior to Marie Antoinette's execution were taken from MGM's 1935 version of Charles Dickens' novel about revolutionary France "A Tale of Two Cities" and interpolated with new footage.


Marie Antoinette: What can mama want at this time of night? I was nearly asleep. Is it something I've done you think? What did she say, did she look cross?
Mme. 'Feldy' de Lerchenfeld: Solemn, I thought.
Marie Antoinette: Dear, what it can be? What have I done? She can't say much to me anyway, I'm a grown woman.


In the lavish ball sequence at Versailles that appears to take place in the famous Hall of Mirrors, King Louis XV (and later, Mme du Pompadour) arrives by descending a huge flight of stairs. Yet the real Hall of Mirrors has no stairs, at either end.

Alternate Versions

"Unrestored" film has now been restored and is available on DVD. When the film played the Carthay Circle in Los Angeles and the Astor Theatre in New York as a reserved seat "road show" attraction, the print ran eleven minutes longer than the generally available 149 minute Turner Library print. These eleven minutes contained an overture, entr'acte, and exit music, with an intermission immediately following Antoinette's emotional farewell to Fersen on the steps of Versailles. These remnants of the "road show" presentation have now been restored to the new Warner Bros. Home Video DVD, which runs a little over 157 minutes.


Orpheus and Euridice
(1762) (uncredited)
Written by
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Excerpts played at the opera


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Biography | Drama | History | Romance

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