The idea that blue blood runs through the veins of everyday French people amuses me.
The idea of a divine ruler – an absolute power – also amuses me.
Apparently we need to have these ‘parental’ figures in society.
Jimi Hendrix rightly reflected: “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”
The French Revolution and the beheading of the monarchy, was an uprising in the attempts of gaining justice, peace and power for all. Whether democracy and justice were achieved is another matter. They may not have rose up in the name of ‘love’ but they did so with the aim of redistributing ‘power’.
Sometimes I feel shards of sympathy, on a very human level, for Marie-Antoinette. Selfish and damaging she was. But she was also very childlike in her desires and lack of responsibility. She was not right for the role and it is this which ruined the lives of French people and ultimately took hers. Married into the French royal family from an early age and moving from Austria, she disregarded duty to fulfil her own caprices. Of course, on a social level, I have no sympathy. As is often told, she spent France’s budget on her own luxuries, leaving French peasants to go hungry and die.
Sophia Coppola’s film focuses on the queen of France on a very human level and I recommend it as a visual and almost fantasy piece. It is perhaps for this reason I think of her the way I do. Marie Antoinette though was not a fictional character and her life was not a fantasy, just extraordinary. She is perhaps the most famous of all the French monarchs – the Henry VIII of France. Diane Kruger plays her in the upcoming film “Farewell my Queen” and I look forward to seeing how they chose to portray her.
Apparently, in the film she has a homosexual relationship with a courtier. Although in an interview, Diane Kruger admitted she wasn’t convinced that the relationship between the women was ever more than just friends.
” I’ve got to be honest with you. I think it doesn’t matter because she was certainly the favorite of the Queen. They met at a masked ball so Gabrielle didn’t know she was meeting Marie Antoinette and I think they just connected on a level, whether or not you call it love or lesbian.I don’t know if they were ever physical but… if you live in a world where you felt so isolated and alone, and you have a person, whether a woman or a man, who you think loves you for who you are rather then the Queen you are, then that is a very, very powerful relationship,” she explained.“You know I think it’s only because our notions of two women being that affectionate with each other has, in our world, a sexual connotation but I’m not sure that it was. It doesn’t really matter. I think they are very close, I think Marie Antoinette felt very close to her. And that is documented.” (Article)
What I find more interesting than this however, is that after France’s uprising, a couple of Kings tried to rule the country to no success and it became a Republic, with heirs to the throne, decedents of monarchs, wandering the streets with the rest of us.
Once upon a time, they would have been bathed in riches, duties and fame, now they’re nobody. Their hereditable ‘right’ to rule taken forever due to the irresponsible nature of this young French queen.
I imagine the men digging up the road as kings in parallel universes and realise that any one of us could be put in a different situation to the ones we are in now. The Existential side of me looks at how each moment is important for the existence of the world as we know it. For we wouldn’t exist if one thing had been done differently. The butterfly effect, sliding doors and other worlds… Every moment determines the next.
A country unwilling to recognise a monarchy, they’re more excited about ours than the idea that blue blood still exists in France. I would love to make a film about the idea of the “Lost Royals” and the idea that if one thing had changed in the lives of three key people in the world – how it would be so different today…
- La Fleur de France (aprovinciallife.wordpress.com)
- Marie Antoinette shoes sell for a whopping $50K+ (bazaardaily.com)
- Diane Kruger Makes Her Latest Debut as Marie Antoinette in Paris (popsugar.com)
- Diane Kruger Wanted to Connect to Marie Antoinette (justjared.com)