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Movies and Tea #21 – Marie Antoinette

Originally envisioned as her second feature but stuggling with Historical true and an imposing roster of character which would lead Sofia Coppola to begin work on a parallel project which evolved into Lost In Translation whose success would inturn revamp this project.

Setting out to not create another stuffy costume drama Coppola here blends the contempory with the traditional as lavish gowns and powdered wigs are sound tracked to a combination of New Wave and Post Punk as the film follows the life of Marie Antoinette from her marriage to Louis XVI to the fall of the house of Versailles with Coppola drawing inspiration from Evelyn Lever and Antonia Fraser’s biographies of Antoinette to craft a film which is less of a history lesson but instead more of a rich girl fantasy as Coppola focuses on the life the queen and the people in Antoinette’s life

 

Further Viewing

The Other Boleyn Girl
Plunkett & Macleane
Anna Karenina (2012)
Eat Drink Man Woman
Chef
This is Not What I Expected

Music on this episode

Siouxsie and the BansheesHong Kong Garden
Aphrodisiac
Keith Mansfield – Funky Fanfare

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Friday Film Club

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Hi folks and welcome to the The Friday Film Club where both myself and Kim will be highlighting a film which we feel is worth checking out. At the same time we would love to hear your own selections whether your choosing to just name them in the comments section or join us in arguing the case for your film on your blog, let us know and we will share it below.

Elwood’s Pick – The Tripper (2006)

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While David Arquette might be best known as a goofball actor and occasional wrestler even winning the WCW Heavyweight title in 2000 while promoting Ready To Rumble. However one of his lesser known achievements is his work as a director for which this fun slasher currently sits as his sole credit as a director with all of Arquette’s other work as a director being limited to directing episodes of CSI: Miami and Medium

Introducing one of Horror cinema’s more unique slashers as here a bunch of hippies attending the American Free Love Festival find themselves being stalked by a deranged Ronald Reagan obsessed killer as Arquette pays homage to the likes of Tobe Hooper and Wes Craven with this fun slasher which never takes itself too seriously but then how serious can you be when your killer is a guy dressed up in a Nixon mask grumbling about the Darn Hippies!

Sadly the film didn’t get enough of an audience to see Arquette’s plans for a sequel which would have seen his killer chasing more hippies around the Burning Man Festival in a film he tentatively had titled The Tripper 2: Burning Bush only making this more of a fun curiosity.

Kim’s Pick – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018)

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Based on 2008’s historical novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows of the same name, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is directed by Mike Newell  who directed the likes of the 4th Harry Potter movie and Prince of Persia and something more along the lines of this film, Love in the Time of Cholera.

Period dramas are a beautiful subgenre of films. It usually boasts a great soundtrack and some beautiful costumes as well as an elegant story. Guernsey Literary has this in spades especially adding a picturesque setting like Guernsey which tells a current story of a letter reaching out for a book to an author and this spontanteous event that pulls her to discover the mystery during World War II: an left behind child, livelihoods taken away, fortified island and a missing friend. There is a depth to this story that the war brought this society together but also took things away from them and everyone is trying to live without thinking about it. In many ways, loss is not foreign to our main lead here and pairing with their fondness of literature, there is a real connection that immediately sparks and it is such an endearing feeling, which sadly is hindered by a misaligned expectation on her motive of being there.

That is the beauty of a wonderful period drama and especially the story adapted here. It brings along this wonderful sense of depth in its characters as we uncover their secrets and their pains and their hesitation but at the same time also seeing the connection between true soulmates and this romance that builds from being friends and understanding. The elegance of a period drama and the depth of the story is what makes this story stands out. Its both dramatic and romantic but so passionate and beautiful in so many of its scenes.

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