Lesbitastic Marie-Antoinette in Farewell My Queen
By Alex Cranz
Remember how the years leading up to the French Republic were rife with people just crushing Louis and Antoinette with fabulously cruel propaganda?
Because that’s what happened. While they certainly weren’t the best monarchs in history and while my red blooded American roots mean I’m kind of opposed to monarchies anyway I still feel just a little bad for them. They were basically King Ralph.
And because the French people were ready for freedom and ready to do away with monarchs they looooved to use propaganda to delegitimize the monarchy in anyway possible. And because a lot of their ire was focused on the seemingly flippant Antoinette they were particularly vicious with her and her retinue.
Which is how her close friendship with the gorgeous Gabrielle de Polastron became a torrid lesbian romance. To this day rumours of their affairs survive–even though there is no proof and Polastron is remembered as a major component of the downfall of the monarchy because of how Antoinette doted on her…even though her grandfather-in-law Louis spent waaaaaaay more money on his definite mistress, Madame de Pompadour.
Double standards. Don’t you love them?
At least we’re getting a great movie out of it all. Ms. Pacey (Diane Kruger) plays Marie-Antoinette during the last few years of her life, Virginie Ledoyen plays Polastron, and Lea Seydoux (the villainess of Mission Impossible 4) plays the Queen’s reader. Who is in love with her. And refuses to leave her side.
I’m willing to bet it doesn’t end well.