Marie Antoinette Was In Love With A Woman!

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And that's dramatized in a marvy new movie called Farewell, My Queen, starring Diane Kruger as Marie Antoinette and Virginie Ledoyen as the object of her royal affections, the Duchess Gabrielle de Polignac.

In the film (which will open in July just in time for Bastille Day), Marie Antoinette gushes over the Duchess, oozes over her, trembles at the thought of her name, and begs her not to desert her.

It's basically Ellen and Portia, but even higher-class.

And it's "a folly that will cost her dearly," according to one character.

And that's not all!

Marie Antoinette carries on a chaster flirtation with her young reader, Sidonie (Lea Seydoux, from Midnight in Paris), who in turn is smitten with her boss.

Says director Benoît Jacquot:

"Sidonie is literally madly in love with the queen!

"I was really interested in the child-like infatuation she had for Marie Antoinette, as well as the more 'perverse' relationship between the Queen and the Duchess of Polignac.

"The love triangle electrifies the film."

The Marie Antoinette/Sidonie interplay, Benoît says, "is less obviously sexual than the relationshp between the Queen and Polignac.

"Except the Queen herself maintains a sexual ambiguity with Sidonie.

"She enthuses over her chubby arms and rubs her to soothe a mosquito bite.

"Like a wild creature, Marie Antoinette loves everything carnal."

My kind of queen!


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gareth_russell_1
gareth_russell_1

18th century female friendships were often very heavily charged and physically demonstrative. There's no evidence whatsoever that Marie-Antoinette and La Polignac's relationship was in any way 'lesbian', although that's not to say dramatising the way they behaved makes for very interesting viewing. In her interview at the Berlin Film Festival, Diane Kruger said that Marie-Antoinette in the movie was 'not a lesbian'. The in-print bios of Marie-Antoinette by Antonia Fraser and Evelyne Lever discuss the issue in more detail, but insist Marie-Antoinette was hetero and, particularly according to Lever, quite prudishly/chastely so!

jeanne sutton
jeanne sutton

gareth i agree completely with you, and with fraser and lever as well. the single incidence of completed physical connection i posit in my novel occurs when both antoinette and lamballe were incarcerated in the concierge, toward the end of the story , and their lives. based on my research, which was extensive, i concluded this was a plausible possibility. i also concluded count fersen was her platonic champion, despite much lurid gossip to the contrary, and wrote him that way.  and i present polignac - whose 'heavily charged, physically demonstrative' relationship with antoinette makes for a major conflict with lamballe - as entirely hetero.  one same-sex experince does not a lesbian make, and once antoinette became a mother, she behaved every bit as prudishly as her mother the empress. so. though my initial post is - admittedly - a 'pitch' for my Kindle edition [first published as 'blood sisters', isbn 1401034101, with xlibris, in 2001] my book doesn't denigrate or distort the history involved - despite its very real "juice". all of which, in my opinion, makes for interesting reading. 

Sutton Jeanne
Sutton Jeanne

My kind of queen too. Only my novel Antoinette, by J.C.Sutton [available as a Kindle edition since March 9] makes an equally juicy, equally plausible case for the Princess of Lamballe. She was a true friend long before Polignac  came on the scene, and stayed her friend to the end - and, i'm convinced, her lover at the end. Definitely not your gramma's historic fiction, only .99 to download, and yes, i'm a 'real' writer.  

rolph
rolph

The same-sex plot was somehow left out of the Norma Shearer version.

Vidi
Vidi

Let 'em eat pie!

Bwaybill
Bwaybill

This does like pretty special. Thanks for the tip.

Lala
Lala

Love, love, love Diane Kruger and I wouldn't miss this for anything.

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