Monday, January 4, 2016

Marie Antoinette (1938) Promotional Marionettes

MGM went all out in their promotion for Marie Antoinette, likely hoping to hype up the expensive film to prospective movie-goers. Some of the more unusual promotional material created for the film are the marionettes that MGM had commissioned; the marionettes are based on various characters and costumes that appear in the film. I am unsure exactly how these marionettes were used, although the original ebay listing for the first two marionettes (which depict Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI) suggested that they, at one point, may have been used in an ultimately cut scene.

8/21/2021 Update: The mystery of the marionettes is solved. Answers to come in a later post...

[image: from a defunct ebay listing]

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