Those of us who saw Marie Antoinette at its Cannes premiere in May had varied reactions. Some hate, some love, some mixed. I was mixed, but unlike many, I really loved the soundtrack. Giving it the Baz Luhrmann treatment, director Sofia Coppola infused New Wave, goth, trance, garage rock, and shoegazer tunes for her 18th Century period piece. If the reaction from the American music buffs at Cannes is any indication, expect a rebirth of cool for Siouxsie and the Banshees’ classic “Hong Kong Garden.” Of course, we may be biased, because the premiere’s after-party featured a fireworks show over the Med, set to the film’s tunes.
Along with some instrumental pieces, other pop acts on the double-disc soundtrack include: New Order, The Strokes, Adam & the Ants, Gang of Four, The Cure, and (of course) the Coppola loyalists that are the French band Air. Billboard reports on the full tracklisting for the release, which will be in stores October 10 (the film opens stateside 10 days later).