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After “Versailles”, make way for “Marie-Antoinette”, the new Original Creation of Canal+. A historical series about the Queen of France, created by Deborah Davis and with Emilia Schüle in the cast.

Canal+ tackles Marie-Antoinette

With Marie AntoinetteCanal+ has decided to offer its subscribers another historic series, after notably The Borgias (2011-2013) or even Versailles (2015-2018). It is precisely as a result of the latter that the producers of Versailles sought to pursue their costume production ambition. Then came the idea of ​​telling the story of Marie-Antoinette of Austria, queen of France between 1791 and 1792 before being executed by guillotine on October 16, 1793.

Emilia Schüle – Marie Antoinette ©Canal+

The series, created by Deborah Davis, focuses on her and her coming to school when she was still a teenager. Married to Louis XVI, she will discover a new world with very different customs. If the universe is frightening for her at first, she will manage to find her place and establish a relationship with her husband, sickly shy. He will also have to win against his rival Madame Du Barrythe favorite of King Louis XV.

In the cast of the series

For the cast of Marie AntoinetteCanal+ has not bet on the best-known performers on the small screen but is counting on reveal new faces. We thus discover in the title role Emilia Schüle, German-Russian actress born in 1992. So far, she has appeared primarily in German productions. We could still see it in France on Arte thanks to the three-part miniseries, Berlin 56, Berlin 59 and Berlin 63. She also had a supporting role in Treadstonethe American series derived from Jason Bournecanceled after one season.

Facing the actress, there is Louis Cunningham who embodies Louis XVI. The actor knows a little about historical narrative. He actually participated in The Bridgerton Chronicle on Netflix (as Lord Corning), and is himself the son of Princess Charlotte of Luxembourg. James Purefoy interpreter for his part Louis XV, while Gaia Weiss (Meander) plays his mistress Madame Du Barry.

An interpretation of history

Whether Marie Antoinette has already inspired film and television, perhaps the most significant work about him is Marie Antoinette (2006) by Sofia Coppola. A feature film that the creator of the series Deborah Davis particularly appreciates, but which offers a very different approach, which is intended to be more realistic. In effect, the screenwriter of The Favorite is historian. With Marie Antoinetteit offers fiction based on true historical accounts.

At least, it’s about his interpretation of History and his vision of the different protagonists, as the production explained in a press conference:

History is slippery territory. For example, a book was recently published on Louis XVI which goes against all theses, by a well-known historian of Versailles, Hélène Delalex. It is not at all the Louis XVI that we know. Inside, he is very strong, he has mistresses, etc. Is she right or not? We are not going to get into debates between historians. Simply, Deborah Davis picks and gets her idea of ​​the story.

Louis Cunningham and Emilia Schüle - Marie Antoinette Louis Cunningham and Emilia Schüle – Marie Antoinette ©Canal+

If it is always possible to question certain interpretations of History, we can still trust Deborah Davis given her knowledge in this area. In addition to the screenwriter, the production also collaborated with Mathieu da Vinha, scientific director of the Research Center of the Palace of Versailles who gave very precise information on the protocols of the time and historical facts.

Which does not prevent Marie-Antoinette from being a modern series in its style and themes. It is indeed a question of a transition to adulthood (for Marie-Antoinette and Louis XVI). It is the story of the emancipation of a woman, but also with political issues regarding the succession of the king.

Where was the series filmed Marie Antoinette ?

Finally, to carry out the first season, the production was able to go in the private apartments of the Palace of Versailles. However, to film the scenes in these apartments, it was necessary to reproduce the rooms in studio (in Bry-sur-Marne) for logistical matters. The exteriors, on the other hand, were filmed in Champs-sur-Marne, Fontainebleau or even Vaux-le-Vicomte, and of course Versailles, mainly for the Hall of Mirrors. The teams were also able to film at the Royal Opera of Versailles.

Marie Antoinette is to be discovered on Canal+ from October 31.

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