Marie Antoinette | Chicago Reader

Marie Antoinette

Originally, MGM's (and Irving Thalberg's) pet director Sidney Franklin was set to direct this opulent 1937 costumer; but Thalberg died and Franklin was replaced by the breezy, insubstantial W.S. Van Dyke. Neither director would have made it anything other than what Otis Ferguson called “one of those historical-colossals.” Good performances from Norma Shearer and John Barrymore, and a terrific one from youngish Robert Morley as Louis XVI. See if you can recognize Tyrone Power. 150 min.

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