3 thoughts on “TBT: Marie Antoinette (1975) ep. 2

  1. It’s interesting to see the still photographs next to the screen captures, and the difference in the colours that show up in each.

    I work in printing, and one thing you learn about colour is that the same inks can appear completely different on different paper grades. Old comic books look completely different than the trade paperback reprints for example. Getting something which approaches “true” colour is a difficult art to learn.

    Colours on screen have the same problem. Different TV screens can be keyed to different colour values, and an old style CRT screen often produced very different colours than a more modern TV. Then there is the question of how the videotape recorded the colour relative to the still camera. And the question of how the videotape image might have decayed over time since the original recording. Look how that blue and white dress turned turquoise in the screencap, for example. I wouldn’t be surprised if the colour in the original broadcast looked closer to the still image, but at this point it is impossible to say.

    Something to think about, I guess, when watching some of these old shows from the 70s and 80s. Some of the garish colours we point and laugh at may not even be there in the originals. I’m hankering to re-watch all of the BBC Jane Austen series right now. The 1970s Emma has a lot of these same problems, as I recall.

    Still plenty to snark at though. Back lacing isn’t any more correct here even if the dresses are prettier than the videotape makes them look. And they almost never get the makeup right in these shows. It’s the one thing that makes it easy to date a production.

  2. The costumes really have that shiny 70s crappy vibe… but as a French, I really enjoyed the dialogues and the tone, which seemed authentic and in line with what one would expect at the court. More specifically, this episode have all forms of address correct when speaking to royalty in French, which is usually wrong in films. More recent series about Versailles or historical royalty may be more accurate re the costumes but I f think they completely lack credibility in terms of dialogues and manners and read very modern / caricatural (especially when depicting courtiers).

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