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Marie Antoinette (12A)

Outdoor Cinema 2024

A dreamy historical drama from Sofia Coppola, starring Kirsten Dunst as a queen who spends her days shopping and her nights partying, all against a backdrop of the stunning palace of Versailles.

Marie Antoinette (Dunst) moves to France to marry eccentric Prince Louis XVI (Jason Schwartzman) and soon becomes Queen. She’s afforded every comfort and luxury one could imagine, but restlessness quickly begins to creep in. The antidote? Heavy doses of lavish food and alcohol, shopping trips for extravagant jewels and gowns and of course, decadent nightly parties.

The outdoor cinema experience doesn’t get much better than this. Coppola’s dreamily shot tale of excess is a visual marvel. Luscious landscapes, candy-coloured costumes and of course, the breath-taking grounds at Versailles; all the more stunning amidst our Barbican architecture and against the starry night sky. With a vibrant modern soundtrack, including New Order’s Ceremony and Siouxsie and the Banshees’ Hong Kong Garden, Coppola breathes new life into the period drama.

2006 USA/France/Japan dir Sofia Coppola 118 min

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