"Movies filmed at Versailles" Versailles Favorite Tip by Dabs
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Favorite thing: To get into the mood for Versailles and for a little background information, you might rent one or more of the following movies:
The best one I've seen is Ridicule, a story of a French nobleman who went to Versailles to beg King Louis' favor to assist in ridding his town of mosquitoes and ended up getting sucked into the life of a courtier. Lots of witty dialogue, subtitled in French.
Tale of Two Cities with Chris Sarandon playing the dual role of the hero and redeemed anti hero, this is made for Masterpiece Theater quality (ie it wouldn't have made money at the box office) but it's a great story by Charles Dickens and set during the French Revolution.
Marie Antoinette was a critic's darling, I thought it was an OK movie just couldn't bear watching Jason Schwartzman as Louis XVI, I firmly believe he would never have cracked into show biz if not for the Coppola connection. Anyways, it's almost entirely set at Versailles and was actually filmed there so it's worth a watch just for that.
I would not recommend Affair of the Necklace even though it is set in the time of Marie Antoinette, Hillary Swank was utterly ridiculous in the lead role and after I watched the movie I looked up the real history of her character and it was far more interesting than the Hollywoodization that takes place, the movie tries to make her out to be a heroine when it fact she was nothing of the sort.
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