Karl Gallagher (selenite) wrote,
Karl Gallagher
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A Movie About Clothes

I saw Marie Antoinette last weekend. It's a good illustration of how corrosive it can be to not give people useful work to do. Not to mention never giving them a clue. A lot of Marie's troubles (I have call her by name, "heroine" and "protagonist" don't apply) would have been avoided if she'd gotten some practical advice of the sort in Cosmopolitan and the like. It reminded me of Iselle's complaint in Curse of Chalion:

"The world demands I make good choices on no information, and then blames my maidenhood for my mistakes, as if my maidenhood were responsible for my ignorance. Ignorance is not stupidity, but it might as well be."

Though Iselle dealt with the constraints on her far better than Marie Antoinette does. The movie ended with the royal family being taken to Paris by the mob. I guess they couldn't stand the thought of showing any scenes where she was dressed in rags.
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