French Movies

I wish I can understand the French language! I have been watching movies and documentaries about Marie Antoinette that are spoken in French and I don’t even understand a word they’re saying. I also tried watching the movie “Charlotte Corday” but I couldn’t understand what’s going on so I stopped. It’s very frustrating. I think I need to enroll myself in French language class instead of Spanish. Supposedly my friend and I will be enrolling for Spanish language class on this month of May but I’m having second thoughts about it because I really want to understand all the French movies I want to watch. Subtitles are not always available in the French movies I prefer watching.

Hmmm… I really must make a decision as soon as possible.

“Courage! I have shown it for years; think you I shall lose it at the moment when my sufferings are to end?” – MARIE ANTOINETTE

Marie Antoinette – What a very brave woman…

It’s unfortunate that she had to meet a tragic end.

Whenever I read articles about Marie Antoinette I can’t help but marvel at the strength of her character – her silent yet evident and notable bravery she had shown during the reign of terror. Not even for a single moment did she lose grip of her sanity nor lose grip of her dignity as a queen. She serves as an inspiration to me and hopefully to others who will take the time to really make a research and know about her real story. She was a woman of virtue and she had proven it until the end.

Why don’t marriages last long anymore?

My mom and I were talking earlier this morning about random stuff and ended up talking about failed marriages, and the overwhelming numbers of it in this modern age.  If it’s about love, if they think the emotion is dying, they can surely make a conscious effort to keep loving their spouse until death – that is, if they really want to.  Because love is not just an emotion, it is also a decision and a conscious effort.  I know I don’t have the right to talk about it, being not married and all, but just thinking about how couples in the past managed to make their marriage work, I really can’t think of any excuse why married couples of today can’t.  In this day and age, why does it seem like it’s a growing trend to just decide to walk away when things get tough?  My mom laughingly said married couples in the past really stick with each other no matter how they make each other’s life miserable.  It’s true.  I witnessed my grandparents (my mother’s parents) sitting and facing each other as they quarrel.  I remember the day when I was looking at my grandmother while she was making her “litany” of rants and how my grandfather just laughed at her and told her to quit talking.  They used to quarrel a lot, but when my grandmother died, I saw my grandfather cried.  It’s a very touching moment, but I was too young to realize that.  It’s just now when I look back and remember that picture of my grandfather crying over my grandmother’s death that I realized that my grandmother and my grandfather had this love, if not friendship, for and with each other through the years of being married to each other.  So, it really makes me wonder if the so-called “irreconcilable differences” really is a valid reason to end a marriage, or just an excuse?  But as I said, what right do I have to question this growing trend of married couples going their separate ways anyway when I don’t even have any idea what a married life is like?  Maybe I’m too idealistic when it comes to the topic of marriage, but that’s because I’ve seen couples who managed to make it work despite and in spite of their differences.  I also would like to mention the marriage of my favorite historical woman Marie Antoinette to King Louis XVI.  They were never really attracted to each other at first.  Their marriage was arranged for political reasons only.  But as years go by, they managed to develop a genuine love for each other and managed to make their marriage work.  They stick with each other through thick and thin, in sickness and in health, and until death parted them.  They have shown the world a very beautiful story of love, commitment, and loyalty.  Marie Antoinette knew she is putting her life in grave danger when she decided to stay at her husband’s side during the Revolution but she decided to stay with him nonetheless.  Why did she stay even though she knew that by deciding so means certain death?  Marie Antoinette’s bravery, the nobility of her character, her overflowing love for her family, for her adopted country, for its people, and her overwhelming sense of duty are remarkable at best!  She did everything she could to make her marriage with Louis XVI work that she deserved to be noted for that.  She’s a very good example to women, and to mankind as a whole for that matter.  What I’m really trying to say here is, if the individuals who are in a committed relationship will focus on how to make their relationship work instead of focusing only on themselves and their own interests, they can successfully make their relationship work.  If there’s a will, there’s a way, right?  So, why indeed don’t married couples try harder to make their marriage work anymore the way married couples in the past used to? That’s something worth pondering about, isn’t it?

“Queen of Fashion” by Caroline Weber

I saw this book, “Queen of Fashion” only in the internet because, apparently, all bookstores that I’ve looked don’t have this. It’s unfortunate because I’m not satisfied with just knowing the fact that this book exists I really want to read the contents of it! It’s disappointing and really sad that books about Marie Antoinette are not as famous as books like “Twilight”, “New Moon”, or something like that. If they are, they will be available always! I am planning to make a collection of books about Marie Antoinette, but up to now, I don’t own even one single book about her.  I have no plan on buying the book, “Marie Antoinette: Writings on the Body of a Queen” though, because after reading the summary of it, I know for certain that I don’t agree with it; the way it was written, the approach, and the way it was presented. So anyway, what I want to buy first, if available (although impossible), is “Memoirs of Marie Antoinette” by Madame Campan, and the rest will follow, like the book “Trianon” by Elena Maria Vidal, and “Queen of Fashion” by Caroline Weber.  I know that there are lots of other reliable sources for people who want to know about the real Marie Antoinette.  So anyway, here’s a video about the book “Queen of Fashion”.

Just thought I’d share my Marie Antoinette artworks =)

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This one’s my first attempt at creating a digital painting of Marie Antoinette. I did this as a tribute to her. I used old paintings of her as reference. It took me days to finish. I posted this in my deviantart account. :)

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This is my second attempt at creating a digital painting of Marie Antoinette. Again, another tribute to her. I used one of the paintings, I assumed, of Marie Antoinette as reference. I copied the face because it’s the most realistic painting of Marie Antoinette I’ve ever encountered (if the one in the painting was really her). I also posted this in my deviantart account. :)

How tall was Marie Antoinette?

After watching Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, I started wondering how tall the real Marie Antoinette was because Kirsten Dunst looks very thin and small compared to the real Marie Antoinette. Does anyone have any idea? It seems like no one really took note of it, and no one was really able to tell, because of her towering hairdo. She looks tall in paintings of her, though.

On a side note: I’m not going to make a review about the movie Marie Antoinette by Sofia Coppola because Elena Maria Vidal already made a well-thought review on it. There’s nothing I can say about the movie that she hasn’t already said.

L’Autrichienne – A Movie about Marie Antoinette’s Trial.

51CKKPY751L._SL500_AA240_I couldn’t understand the movie because it’s in French, but I read that it’s the most historically accurate ever made about Marie Antoinette. I’ve been looking for this movie since I heard about it, but I was very unfortunate not to find any copy of it in stores. I kept browsing through websites where one can watch movies online for free, but none of them have L’Autrichienne. I never gave up looking for it, though. I continued googling it hoping to find it, but all I came across with were just posters and some rare reviews on it. Until one day, I visited again one of the websites I visited before and decided to check if it’s there, hoping against hope that it IS there, and voila, to my surprise I saw it!!! At first I couldn’t believe my eyes. And as I was playing the movie, I couldn’t contain my excitement! I really didn’t expect it! I’m really grateful to the kind soul who posted it! I never thought I’d be able to watch that movie ever if not because of him/her. I’m so thankful!

Anyway, about the movie, it only covered Marie Antoinette’s trial. It also showed that she was already sick when she was brought to the guillotine. I’m not really sure what her sickness was, but the movie showed she was bleeding. I googled about it, but found very little information concerning it, although, the sites that tackled that subject suggested that she suffered from what is now considered today as uterine cancer (I don’t remember the exact term, and I’m not sure if it’s really what it was) due to stress. The horror that her life had become and how she bravely dealt with it showed how strong her character and faith were… People say that her death was her release… I think so, too. And I pray for the eternal repose of this poor soul, Marie Antoinette, who was a victim of politics, ambitions, and prejudice. May she rest in peace, along with the other victims, and may eternal light shine upon them.