What goes on behind closed doors?: n exploration into Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette (2006) and Saul Dibb's The Duchess (2008)

Dunlop, Faye Frances (2015) What goes on behind closed doors?: n exploration into Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette (2006) and Saul Dibb's The Duchess (2008). BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This study is an exploration into Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette (2006) and Saul Dibb's The Duchess (2008) and how the directors have adapted the biographies of Antonia Fraser Marie Antoinette: The Journey (2002) and Amanda Foreman Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire (1999). To help support this study's argument research has been carried out from various journals. texts and theorists. In the first chapter a study of how the directors have chosen to adapt from the biographies is included as well as context on both Marie Antoinette and Georgiana Cavendish. The first chapter considers what the directors have portrayed, why they have made these choices and how this affects the way in which the protagonist is portrayed. By analysing the directorial choices it is uncovered that Dibb focuses solely on romance over Georgiana Cavendish's political influence and Coppola's focus is on Marie Antoinette's youth rather than her royal responsibility.
    The second chapter examines how the directors have chosen to depict Marie Antoinette and Georgiana Cavendish's lives through the means of mise-en-soene, specifically the colour palette and costume, cinematography, editing and the soundtrack. The differences between how their public and private lives are portrayed is discussed throughout and how this creates an empathetic approach towards the protagonists. The aim of the second chapter is to analyse how the directors have differed the public and private settings in their films to change how their protagonist is represented within these spaces. By examining the difference in social setting it is found that Coppola conveys Antoinette as repressed in public and carefree in private whereas Dibb portrays Cavendish as controlled in private and thriving in public.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2016 09:37
    Last Modified: 23 Dec 2016 09:37
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/22724

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