My 18th Century Quest combined with my interest in French queen Marie-Antoinette made me decide to watch and recap the 1975 French TV series, Marie-Antoinette, when I discovered it was available for streaming on French streaming site Madalen, which seems to have a lot of older French TV stuff. The only problem is there’s no subtitles available, even in French, and that meant that I missed about half of the dialogue; it’s bad 1970s videography; and the pacing is Very Slow. So after about 20 minutes of attempting, I decided screw it, I’m just going to recap the costumes in all their poly-baroque-satin, princess-seamed glory. Stay tuned for future episodes on forthcoming Thursdays!
Check out my recap of episode one! The good news is we have some actual photo stills for this second episode, so we can actually get a better sense of the costumes … and it’s too bad about the crap video quality, because some of them look good!
Marie-Antoinette is now all growed up and being played by Geneviève Casile. She’s hanging out looking at maps:
Marie-Antoinette and Lamballe talk fashion with famous marchande de modes Rose Bertin:
The jeweler tries to sell MA the famous diamond necklace; she says no. MA is in a quite-nice-in-behind-the-scenes-shots pink shot taffeta and gold court gown:
At a reception, the future Duchesse de Polignac catches MA’s eye with her vivacity and heavy eye makeup:
There’s a LOT of MA scampering about the Hameau in the same repetitive white and blue robe à la polonaise.
MA and Polignac chat with the king:
MA is spending all her time at the Hameau and Trianon. She breezes through some court function in blue and pink:
She’s spending time with Fersen, who announces he’s off to America to fight. She has a sad.
MA’s mother (Empress Maria Theresa) dies:
Jeanne de la Motte (the diamond necklace schemer) schemes while playing cards at the Hameau.
Fersen is back! MA is happy!
There’s LOTS more hanging out at the Hameau:
There’s a whole subplot about the opera Figaro, including MA rehearsing? performing? a version:
The whole diamond necklace affair comes to light. MA is pissed; she and the king confront the cardinal.
MA has a sad; I think because she’s getting flack for the diamond necklace thing.
Yet More Hameau, Yet More Same Dress:
Yet More Pink Court Gown:
There’s a closeup of an awful version of the Vigée Le Brun portrait:
MA gets booed at the opera:
Hangs out at the Hameau:
Something dramatic happens:
There’s been a whole subplot with some rando guys at a tavern; I refuse to screencap it until this chick shows up in a good hat:
Watch for episode 3 next Thursday!