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The Mise En Scene In The Film Marie Antoinette Directed By Sofia Coppola

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“Marie Antoinette” (2006) directed by Sofia Coppola is a drama/comedy, that is centered on the life of the notorious Queen of France, in the years leading up to the French Revolution. Coppola’s film style was very modern avant garde. The film focuses on Antoinette point of view throughout all her adventures and difficulties. She was the character with whom the viewer identified with the most, her observation were the most important (aside from the audience). Therefore there were many close ups and high lighting on her. The film also invokes the lesson that luxuries is not everything that it will not make you completely happy, which makes the audience feel somewhat sympathetic towards the queen. Coppola successfully achieves to use beautiful and extravagant cinematography to tell the story of the late Marie Antoinette. The mise-en-scene of the film that will be discussed is setting, costume, lighting and figure behavior.
The film had stunning scenery and beautiful interior designs of the palace in which Antoinette lived. Coppola used over the top props and furniture’s to show the life of glitz and glamour that Marie Antoinette lived in. The production crew was given unprecedented access to the Palace of Versailles which is where it takes place. This also gave the film authenticity and realism, making it easier for the audience to get a better look into the life of Marie Antoinette and the courtiers of that time. The director used many pastels, bright pinks and blues in its backgrounds in the beginning of the film to show Antoinette’s innocence but as it progressed the colors went darker to show a sign of maturity. Even though the film is set in Versailles, some scenes were taken in various locations around France. This kept the audiences amazed by the locality as well as it costuming.
The Costume was extremely important in the film to show legitimacy and creditability of the time period that was beening portrayed. The costume department had won an Academy Award for Best Costume Design. Nevertheless the costuming was used to add a sense of realism. Due to Kirsten Dunst, the actress who played the female protagonist character was 23 years old at the time. So to make her look like a fourteen year old, the age in which Marie is in the opening scenes, the actress was made to wear a simple, plain dress in bright pastel colors. She wore little to no makeup, and donned a simple ribbon hairband, which added to the feel of her innocence. As the Marie Antoinette aged, her costume changed as well. Her simple dresses were replaced with dazzling finery, and she wore visible makeup, as well as heels. Costume also served...

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