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!
First, before this final episode gets underway, a few photo stills:
Now, on to episode four, which is the whole “royal family imprisoned at the Conciergerie/Marie-Antoinette imprisoned at the Temple” so not the least bit shiny. There’s LOTS of “revolutionary guys talking” that I refuse to screencap.
The royal family eating a meal. Everyone’s dressed very simply:
LOTS of revolutionaries happen. zzzzz. I only wake up for Camille Desmoulins’ stripey waistcoat and matching lapels:
Marie-Antoinette and Elisabeth keep busy with needlework:
Louis and Marie-Antoinette tuck the dauphin in, and comfort each other.
Marie-Antoinette and Elisabeth walk in the Conciergerie’s small garden in cloaks:
LOTS of looking-worried. I think this may be announcing the king will be executed? MA sticks with the red, Elisabeth goes into blue:
Marie-Thérèse sticks to her brown redingote for the entire episode:
The king is taken away and executed. Everyone’s in black from here on out:
Compare all of the above to these final portraits of Marie-Antoinette:
The revolutionaries take away the dauphin:
Lots more revolutionaries. Here’s a full shot of Desmoulins’ stripey waistcoat and coordinating lapels and cuffs:
Marie-Antoinette is moved to the Temple and imprisoned on her own; she gets a new attendant:
No idea who these fancy people are eating dinner; no doubt they’re discussing the queen:
Marie-Antoinette is put on trial and sentenced to be executed:
The revolutionaries cut her hair and dress her in a simple white loose jacket and petticoat for her execution:
Compare to the famous sketch of Marie-Antoinette on her way to the guillotine by David:
And we’re out!