This silent-film rendition of the life of French queen Marie Antoinette was designed as a showcase for actress Diana Karenne. Described by the publicity as a "grande dame" of the Parisian stage, Karenne reportedly essayed her role in a detached, somewhat morose manner. As a result, Marie Antoinette seemed doomed long before she secured her place on the guillotine with her flippant "Let them eat cake." Apparently the rest of the cast matched Karenne in her cold, distant portrayal of Antoinette. Thus, Norma Shearer's Marie Antoinette still remains the definitive film version of the story.
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