Rebel Queens of History [2 Discs] [DVD]

The wily ways of powerful women are detailed in this two-disc set from Arts Magic. Boudica and Marie Antoinette both ruled their respective publics in notable ways. As queen of the British Iceni tribe, Boudica led an uprising against the Roman Empire. Marie Antoinette's frivolity and loyalty to her native Austria led her to the guillotine, directly following the path of her husband's demise eight months later.
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Boudicca: Warrior Queen
Marie Antoinette: The Scapegoat Queen
Something of an unofficial, nonfiction companion piece to Sofia Coppola's much-ballyhooed feature on the same subject, Marie Antoinette: The Scapegoat Queen recounts the same story in historical documentary form. It tells how the Austrian princess Antoinette's parents married her into the French ruling aristocracy at a tender age. She later came to emblematize the nation's perceived decadence and reckless extravagance, and became a symbol of all that the French revolution sought to oppose - which, in turn, led to her execution by guillotine. The program overlays colorful, vivid narration atop historical paintings and illustrations to bring Antoinette's story to startling life. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

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