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The Queen of Versailles

(DVD - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The Queen of Versailles


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The Queen of Versailles is a character-driven documentary about a billionaire family and their financial challenges in the wake of the economic crisis. The film follows two unique characters, whose rags-to-riches-to-rags success stories reveal the innate virtues and flaws of the American Dream.
Title: The queen of Versailles
[videorecording]
Publisher: Los Angeles, Calif. :, Magnolia Home Entertainment,, c2012.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 100 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: True/False Film Fest entry.
True/False Film Festival.
Special features: deleted scenes; theatrical trailer.
Summary: The Queen of Versailles is a character-driven documentary about a billionaire family and their financial challenges in the wake of the economic crisis. The film follows two unique characters, whose rags-to-riches-to-rags success stories reveal the innate virtues and flaws of the American Dream.
Audience: MPAA rating PG for thematic elements and language.
Local Note: 1 2 3 4
Branch Call Number: DVD 338.0922 QUE
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Report This Jan 28, 2014
  • franzkafka rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

He helped George Dubya steal the presidency using "non legal"means. They're friends with donald Trump and the thing that lives on top of his head. It evokes no sympathy but she really deserves a facial and all over the obvious enhancements. Boo, Yah! Oh, yea and this is an argument in favour of global warming and rising oceans. In a few years, I hope, most of Florida will be underwater. Good for the Manatees. Huzzah! I noticed that sdaleo's review below gave 5 stars! Click on that person's completed shelves he/she/it gives 5 stars to everything they've ever borrowed.

Report This Jan 13, 2014
  • badgirls rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Oh the poor super rich! Just imagine you might not be able to complete your 90,000 square foot home/palace aka "Versailles" 'cause the "bad banks" wouldn't give you anymore money? Sometimes you have to wonder why some films/docs receive great reviews etc.? "The Queen of Versailles" is one of these films. Yes it might be technically very good but it concerns a disgustingly rich couple Jackie and David Siegel. David made all his money by starting and building a time share company called Westgate. This company "preys" on the lower income and signs them up for time shares using very high pressure sales. Westgate has been called "the worst thieves in Las Vegas". Too say this couple is creepy is putting it mildly. If you end up watching best to have a shower afterwards.

Report This Sep 21, 2013
  • real_thing rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

add this to the wall street disaster. recommend the documentary enron, lots of suiccids in it

Report This Jul 30, 2013
  • rslade rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Completely and utterly pointless documentary about stupid rich people.

Report This May 27, 2013
  • blueskies100 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

It is very diificult to feel any sort of empathy for these people. Google Westgate timeshares and then try to have any empathy for them. The ultra wealthy get tax breaks and other perks the working people can only dream of. Even bankruptcy would not mean they would lose their only home to live in. The DVD had finger prints all over it. Really people, do you need to touch the DVD all over before you play it?

Report This Apr 02, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

For those who saw this on the shelf, it has an appearance of something akin to the Real Housewives of wherever, but don't be deceived -- that is miles away from the actual content. And thank heavens for that. THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES is well crafted and spans several recent years, comparing in a metaphor the regal French lavishness that fell (re: Marie-Antoinette, the Palace of Versailles, the French Revolution, the guillotine, etc.) to our modern economically depressed times. When the recession hit, everyone was affected; the billionaire time-share resort owner David Siegel, his rags-to-riches beauty queen wife Jackie, and their eight children (seven biological children, and one they "inherited") are no exception. The documentary starts with the Siegels building an American replica of the Palace of Versailles, a beautiful, spacious, record-breakingly large home tailored to their very specific francophilic tastes. However, the market crashes and things don't go as planned. The disintegration of their fortune isn't kept solely at the financial aspects of their life, though, as their business lives seep into their personal and family lives. We find out who people really are when the pennies are precious and the dollars scarce. You may be surprised at what the Siegels will and won't sacrifice: money, business, pride, family, and love. I highly recommend this story to anyone who has ever reevaluated what really matters in life.

Report This Feb 28, 2013
  • sdelao rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An excellent documentary! Very well-done, Laura Greenfield! Follows the Siegal family before, during, and after the 2008 recession. I thought I wouldn't like Jackie Siegal, but actually, her husband is the one I really ended up being exasperated with. He let his family (including Jackie) do whatever they wanted/consume whatever they wanted. He put no limits on their lifestyle. Very laissez faire/hands-off father and husband. He wants to build "Versailles" because in his words, "He Can". I actually started kinda liking Jackie (she's not obnoxious, and actually remembers where she came from and still has her friends from when she was growing up). All in all, I recommend this one!

Report This Feb 19, 2013
  • WalterHughes rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The story of a billionaire and his arm-candy spouse struggling through the 2008-2010 recession. In a review of the film, The Economist called it "an uncomfortably intimate glimpse of a couple’s struggle with a harsh new reality," concluding that "the film’s great achievement is that it invites both compassion and Schadenfreude. What could have been merely a silly send-up manages to be a meditation on marriage and a metaphor for the fragility of fortunes, big and small."

Report This Feb 17, 2013
  • macierules rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Money with no class. They should bring back the guillotine in Florida.

The genius of the filmmakers is that they hook the audience's own American Dream expectations with the spectacle of extravagant wealth. Then when it becomes a train wreck we're already hooked and can't look away. The husband got done in by his own greed -- the corrupt banking system he got rich off of eventually took him down, along with the rest of the country. (and yet, we still have no banking reform). People with money and OCD but no taste look worse with plastic surgery--she looks like a barbie doll on steroids. The kid had the only insight in the family--"he married her for a trophy wife." And the pitiful/loving nannies who gave up their own children out of economic necessity. What a class commentary. The wife says: "I became addicted to having children when I found out I [wouldn't have to raise them] could have nannies." And she passes on this parasite do nothing philosophy to her children. The worst consequence of her financial downturn is that her children may "have to go to college." She has explicitly taught the kids to have no aspirations because Daddy's money will always be there. Assured infantile dependency for life. This learned passivity results in dead pets and bored kids opening their Christmas presents like depressed automatons --very very sad. Both parents have serious OCD and narcissism. It's not uncommon for parents to use their infant children to meet their own needs (rather than vice versa), but to keep having children to satisfy OCD--which the wife actually admits--that takes the cake.

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Report This Apr 02, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

britprincess1 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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Report This Jan 04, 2013
  • toby1kenobi rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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