The latest “We Can’t Handle Period Aesthetics” project, aka the biopic Jeanne du Barry (2023) (aka La Favorite), recently dropped its first trailer. Du Barry (1743-93) was famously the final mistress of French King Louis XV, and her low-born origins (she was not just a commoner but a former prostitute) led most of the Versailles courtiers to look down their noses at her, including Dauphine Marie-Antoinette. This film is directed by French actress/filmmaker Maïwenn, who is most well known internationally for having played the alien Diva Plavalaguna in former husband Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element (1997) but has done several critically applauded films in France. It stars Maïwenn as du Barry and Johnny Depp as King Louis XV.
I do feel bad for Maïwenn as increasingly-horrendous Depp was apparently a total shitshow on set. That being said, I assume she played a role in casting the superstar spousal-abuser, so my sympathy is somewhat limited. It became even more limited when I saw the trailer, because this is no great contribution to mid-18th century historical accuracy, at least in terms of costumes and hair.
Before we get into the trailer itself, can we please discuss this still of Depp? Is the blindfold representative of his valet’s talents, or is there some other excuse for this craptastic shave job with gross longer hairs below his nose and on his chin? There’s stubble and then there’s this.
The costumes were designed by Jürgen Doering, and I’m getting a strong artistic vibe of “dialing it in” and “we had no budget” here. Let’s look through the trailer highlights:
How are YOU feeling about the Jeanne du Barry trailer?