Kirsten Dunst in ‘Marie Antoinette’/Image © Columbia Pictures
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For centuries France's iconic queen, Marie Antoinette, has been the object of debate, speculation, and fascination. Antonia Fraser's lavish and engaging portrait of Marie Antoinette excites compassion and regard for all aspects of the queen, immersing the reader not only in the coming-of-age of a graceful woman, but in the culture of an unparalleled time and place.
Fraser's book served as the inspiration for the 2006 major motion picture titled "Marie Antoinette" from Columbia Pictures/American Zoetrope, starring Kirsten Dunst, Jason Schwartzman, Asia Argento, Rip Torn, and Molly Shannon. The film was directed by Sofia Coppola and brought home the Academy Award for Best Costume Design. Sure, Dunst's performance as the decadent queen is exceptional -- but the costumes are reason enough to watch the film over and over again.