The Queen Of Versailles

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PG | Documentary
  • Director: Lauren Greenfield
  • Cast: Themselves: Jacqueline Siegel, David Seigel
  • Year: 2012


Editor's Notes: Tax shelters in Panama. Secret Political donations protected by the Supreme Court. The rich, as F. Scott Fitzgerald said, are different from you and me -- and this documentary highlights that to devastating effect. It follows the efforts by Jackie Siegel and her time-share mogul husband David to build the largest private residence in America, modeled after Louis XIV's palatial estate in 17th-century France. But when the bubble that supports Siegel's grandiose dreams pops, what happens to her dream mansion -- and what does that say about wealth, privilege and money today?Synopsis:  The Queen of Versailles is a character-driven documentary about a billionaire family and their financial challenges in the wake of the economic crisis. With the epic proportions of a Shakespearean tragedy, the film follows two unique characters, whose rags-to-riches success stories reveal the innate virtues and flaws of the American Dream. The film begins with the family triumphantly constructing the largest privately owned house in America, a 90,000 sq. ft. palace. Over the next two years, their sprawling empire, fueled by the real estate bubble and cheap money, falters due to the economic crisis. Major changes in lifestyle and character ensue within the cross-cultural household of family members and domestic staff. BONUS FEATURES: Additional Interviews Keywords: Mansion palace of versailles empire economic crisis westgate resorts timeshare great recession seigel family

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