New York Film Festival press screenings started today, so for the next four weeks, I’ll be at the Walter Reade. So far, not so good: Lincoln Center is under construction, the suave and soothing presence of Graham Leggat is painfully absent, the breakfast spread has been scaled back catastrophically, brand-new security guys kept asking me if I had checked in yet, and the first movie was a terrible disappointment. Off the top of my head, I can think of 50 reasons why Sofia Coppola’s poppy Versailles biopic doesn’t work, but for now, let’s just say that it’s every bit as decadent and clueless as its main character.

Update: my About.com review is now online.

Marie Antoinette, Sofia Coppola, 2006. *

[tags]1 star, film, nyff, sofia coppola, kirsten dunst, jason schwartzman, versailles, decadence, costumes, revolution, cake[/tags]