I have used this video in my French I classes since 1985 as a look at the French Revelolution from the royals point of view. Six weeks later I follow it up with The Scarlet Pimpernel, giving the point of view from the aristocracy who were innocent of any wrong-doing. At the end of the semester, I show a Tale of Two Cities to show another point of view.
When I take my students to Versailles, they are so well versed in French history that they can really enjoy the things that they see, and are in awe that they are walking where she walked, and are seeing the same things that she saw.
Marie Antoinette may not be as accurate as some would like, but if more research were done, I feel that they would see that Norma Shearer beautifully portrayed Marie Antoinette in all her excesses and pathos. In fact, many of my "sports hunks" descretely wipe away their tears at the end. Also, Axel Ferson refused to marry and wore the ring that she gave him until he died. This is not only a story about history--it's a great love story!
Many of my students have so enjoyed this video that they have convinced their parents to add it to their home collections.
I enjoy watching them view this movie in class. They even discuss the color of Marie's clothing -- and it's in black and white. In their minds, they see it in living color.