King Louis XVI had a particularly bad day 221 years prior to this past Tuesday. After being found guilty of high treason (for driving France to financial ruin), the people of La Révolution said, "Off with his head," and the former king met the unfortunate fate of the guillotine. But in his defense, Louis XVI inherited much of the country’s debt from his grandfather, Louis XV, along with Versailles, the most glaring symbol of the oligarchy (and possible wedding venue for Kim and Kanye). Louis put the nail in his own coffin, though, by raising taxes on the already strained French populace in order to help support the American Revolution (thanks?). He may not have been the best king, and Marie Antoinette may not have been much help, but instead of condemning poor Louie on the anniversary of his death, let’s instead fantasize about the lavish life they lived—at least according to Sofia Coppola.
Historical inaccuracies aside, Marie Antoinette is a goddamn beautiful film. Between a just post-Gyllenhaal Kirsten Dunst’s portrayal of the young queen, soon-to-be Christian Grey’s cameo as her steamy love interest, Jason Schwartzman’s quirky interpretation of the young Lou (he really liked padlocks, who knew?), the download-worthy soundtrack, and the Oscar-winning costume design, our #WCW, Sofia made a movie that is sure to be adored by girls for ages. If there was ever a film-set wall to be a fly on, it would have been this one. Alas, that's impossible on so many levels, so we present you with the next best thing:
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