The Queen of Versailles
- Lauren Greenfield


Overview - Filmmaker Lauren Greenfield offers this documentary profile of nouveau-riche time-share entrepreneurs David and Jackie Siegel, who witness the sudden collapse of their lifelong dream when construction on their opulent, 90,000-square-foot Versailles-inspired manor is suddenly halted after the economy collapses.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Filmmaker Lauren Greenfield offers this documentary profile of nouveau-riche time-share entrepreneurs David and Jackie Siegel, who witness the sudden collapse of their lifelong dream when construction on their opulent, 90,000-square-foot Versailles-inspired manor is suddenly halted after the economy collapses.

Cast List

Jeff Beal - Music, TIBET: CRY OF THE SNOW LION (2003)
Tom Hurwitz - Cinematographer, BORN TO BE WILD: THE LEADING MEN OF AMERICA
Todd King - Exec. Producer, WAITRESS, (2007)
Shana Hagan - Dir. of Photography, THIS FILM IS NOT YET RATED, (2006)
Peter Albrechtsen
Sarah Levy - director of photography
Lauren Greenfield - Director
Pete Horner
David Siegel - Participant
Jacqueline Siegel
Virginia Nebel

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 100
  • Color Format: (unknown/unconverted)
  • UPC: 876964005043
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Rating: PG (MPAA)
  • Release Date: February 2014

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Reviews:
3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] humorous, character-driven documentary....Greenfield's fly on the wall view of obscene wealth punctured like a toy balloon is as current as a blog or a headline." - 01/24/2012 Box Office


3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[I]t's Jackie who steals the show....She has a warm smile, a confiding manner and a sort of 'I Love Lucy' ditziness..." - 08/01/2012 Chicago Sun-Times


"THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES, a new documentary by Lauren Greenfield about life on the thin, fragile, sugarcoated top layer of the upper crust, captures the tone of the times with a clear, surprisingly compassionate eye." - 07/20/2012 New York Times


"[T]he film shifts into something profound, a genuine quiet tragedy, as the Siegels are forced to scale back and their pursuit of the American dream starts to look like a kind of infection rather than anything to do with happiness, a compulsion that demands more and more." - 07/19/2012 Movieline


"THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES is a wondrous spectacle, filled with seductive images of luxury and startling images of decay." -- Grade: A- - 07/18/2012 A.V. Club


"[A] succulently entertaining movie that invites you to splash around in the dreams and follies of folks so rich they're the 1 percent of the 1 percent....It becomes a parable of the despair bred by overreach." -- Grade: A - 07/20/2012 Entertainment Weekly


"[A] fresh and intriguing big-screen response to the financial crisis and to the tapped-out REAL HOUSEWIVES materialism-and-melodrama TV template." - 09/01/2012 Sight and Sound


"THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES turns out to be a portrait -- appalling, absorbing and improbably affecting..." - 07/27/2012 Washington Post


"THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES introduces us to David and Jackie Siegel, an American family struggling to cope in the aftermath of the global recession....[A] brilliant documentary..." - 01/01/2013 Uncut


4 stars out of 5 -- "QUEEN becomes a riches-to-rags tragicomedy, as Jackie's unexpected likability puts a very human face on consumerism gone crackers." - 03/01/2013 Total Film

 
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