Cast and crew rave about teen queen, helmer

HOLLYWOOD — At Variety‘s unspooling of “Marie Antoinette” on Sept. 27, helmer/scribe Sofia Coppola explained her fascination with the teen queen.

“It started when I read the biography by Antonia Fraser. I was struck by the human side,” revealed Coppola.

The story of the adolescent queen isn’t a new one for Hollywood, but Coppola added her own touches to the pic, which included an ’80’s soundtrack mixed with classical tunes, as well as a new point of view on the historical figure.

“I tried to be more personal in telling her story. Tell it from her point of view,” she said. “No one had ever done that before.”

“For me, Sofia’s vision was specific and unique,” said the pic’s Kirsten Dunst. “We toured Versailles, we talked to historians, we took etiquette classes. In the end, it’s about how you feel about the film.”

And of course the night couldn’t come to an end without the big question: Did Marie say ‘Let them eat cake”? For that Dunst had an answer.

“My grandfather says no.”

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