Marie Antoinette was, in my opinion the greatest film that Norma Shearer made during her film career. She buried her husband before the making of this film and the trials she experienced with his death, seemed to make her performance all the better. She starts of this epic film as a teenager sent to France to marry the Dauphin and ends as a broken and tragic victim of the French Revolution. This is one of Tyrone Power's first important roles and its been reported the Norma had a crush on Mr. Power and would have enjoyed a relationship with him, but he being more then ten years her junior, it never happened.
This film shows how MGM could make prestige films in the 1930's. Since this was Norma's first film after the death of Thalberg, MGM spared no expense to show off the pomp and circumstance of the 18th century French court.