period: Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette, starring Kirsten Dunst as Marie Antoinette, supposedly ‘tells the story of the most misunderstood and abused woman in history’, which is a dubious declaration on both counts – though it is arguable whether she was stupid or conniving, or both.

Whatever, this vacuous but pretty film contributes little to entertainment or understanding despite Asia Argento’s beautifully contemptuous expression during her all-too-brief appearance as Madame du Barry albeit as a historically inaccurate brunette . I’m not sure if the contempt was aimed at Marie Antoinette, Kirsten Dunst or the whole movie.

The makeup

Jean-Luc Russier was the key makeup artist; Laurence Azouvy was the cast makeup artist.