The Queen of Versailles

Genre:  Documentary
Running Time:  100 min.
Release Date: August 3, 2012 - Toronto, Vancouver - August 3, 2012 - Toronto, Vancouver
DVD: November 13, 2012

Current rating: Rating: 3.38
based on 16 votes and 6 reviews
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In 2007, David Siegel, 74, and his wife, Jackie, 43, enjoyed a luxious lifestyle in Florida, with nannies, chauffeurs, private plans and huge parties. Jackie's wardrobe alone was $1 million per year. They were building a home in Florida patterned after Versailles in France and the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas.

The house was be the largest in America, with 30 bathrooms, 10 kitchens and a bowling alley. But when the real estate bubble burst in September 2008, they were forced to sell the house and downsize their lifestyle.

When it becomes clear they have to cut their budget, Jackie and David, both from humble backgrounds, react in unexpected ways.

Director: Lauren Greenfield
Studio: Mongrel Media
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  • 4 stars "One of the better documentries i have seen in a very long time"
  • 4 stars "what an interesting doc. The audience at my showing moaned and groaned, laughed at the outrages money wasting of the former beauty queen,hers and her husbands righteous claim to entitlement to all those riches. I don't think too many viewers were too upset at there dilemna after 2008. It would be interesting to see a follow-up in a few years. The filmmaking was well done, since there was a lot of material available"
  • 5 stars "haunting movie great job done by the director. she follows this family from almost 4 years ago as the person who the movie is about is now 77 years was an interesting history of how the movie which was supposed to be about the largest home ever built in the usa , becomes a story of how a family who built the house is portrayed. the american dream does not die but continues with hopes and dreams of making a comeback and even worse is the idea that this guy david seigle never put a safety net in for his family away, he just took it for granted that the money would always be there. we all need to watch this remarkable film and realize the greed and glory of wall street and the bankers is"