Bastille Day at Ciné-Club: Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette

Bastille Day at Ciné-Club: Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette

Monday, July 13 at 6:30 p.m.
Free admission - Donations encouraged
This event takes place online - zoom links will be emailed after registration

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Joyeux Quatorze! Well, treize. For this special Bastille Day (eve) session of Ciné-Club, we'll be taking a look at one of the more unorthodox portrayals of l'Autrichienne, the inimitable and extravagant guillo-teen...  

Marie Antoinette (2006)

Rent on Vudu, YouTube, or Amazon Prime

Sofia Coppola's portrait of the infamous teenager queen is far from your typical period piece. Renowned for it's modern alt-rock soundtrack and cheeky humor, Coppola's version of the story takes a cue from the likes of John Hughes (Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Seventeen Candles) to depict the scandals of Versailles as the exploits of a teen girl coming of age in unusual circumstances. History often frowns on Marie and her lavishness, but we forget that was married at 15 and forced into a position of power and responsibility as a near-child in a foreign land. What would you have done?

Join us this Monday as we dig into this delightfully anachronistic gem and explore the universal language of adolescent antics.



Isn’t it time you caught up on all those French cult classics you’ve been meaning to watch? If you’re a cinéphilefrancophile, or just looking for some fun conversation in these isolating times, we’ve got you covered.

Each week, we’ll reveal the film up for discussion by Wednesday on our social media and the events page of our website. We’ll also include some context to consider while watching, and some links for where to view it. You’ll have the rest of the week to watch the film independently and then we’ll group up online via Zoom on Monday at 6:30 PM to discuss. BYOB (or W). Sound good?  

For the sake of inclusivity, the discussion will be in English. When you register, we’ll send you a link for accessing the conversation group. Come full of thoughts or just full of ramblings – we’ll take either, or both! 

Discussion will be led by Matthew Jackson, one of our culture interns. Matthew studied film at the University of Chicago and spends most of his time blathering about movies online.