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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
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Publisher: Los Angeles, Calif. : Magnolia Home Entertainment, c2012
Edition: Widescreen presentation
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 100 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: Magnolia Pictures and Evergreen Pictures present ; in co-production with Plus Pictures, DR, VPRO ; a Lauren Greenfield film ; producers, Lauren Greenfield, Danielle Renfrew Behrens ; directed by Lauren Greenfield
Notes: Originally produced as a motion picture in 2012
Special features: deleted scenes; theatrical trailer
Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
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.
Branch Call Number: DVD 338.0922 QUEEN
Country of Producing Entity: United States
Credits: Director of photography, Tom Hurwitz ; edited by Victor Livingston ; music by Jeff Beal.
Performers: Jackie Siegel, David Siegel, Virginia Nebab.
System Details: DVD, NTSC, region 1; widescreen (1.78:1); 5.1 Dolby Digital
Other Language: English with optional Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned in English
Subject Headings: Siegel, David A Siegel, Jacqueline Businessmen United States Biography Nouveau riche United States Biography Finance, Personal Wealth United States Financial crises United States
Genre/Form: Documentary films
Biographical films
Nonfiction films
Feature films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Topical Term: Businessmen
Nouveau riche
Finance, Personal
Wealth
Financial crises
Publisher No: 10504 Magnolia Home Entertainment
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"...a 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.


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Sep 26, 2014
  • VRMurphy rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Where to start, in talking about this film? Technically, I think it's quite good, and thematically, it does give quite the glimpse at how some people live. The negative, for me, is the choice of the filmmakers not to challenge or present independent analysis of the subjects' claims; I would have been interested to see interviews with past household staff (I don't blame the ones that were in the film for being circumspect in their comments), and someone from Forbes or the WSJ on the actual state of the family business. That being said, the focus of the film is not the time-share industry. I found it to be the way that excess consumption is viewed differently when it's being done by the wealthy, than by the rest of society. It is only the price level of belongings, and the sheer volume of space available to them, that separates this family from the ones featured on "Hoarders". Like many previous reviewers, I was saddened to see the neglect of animals and the excess of belongings - the bicycles being a very good example. The whole family seems to live impulse by impulse, which is why forgotten pets die, played-with pets aren't house-trained, and even when financial constraints are placed on shopping, the same pattern of overbuying continues, albeit at discount retailers instead of luxury shops. And yeesh, even in the cash-rolling-in years, they didn't put any money away for their childrens' education, because they thought they would always be so rich that the next generation wouldn't have to go to college? Nice comment about the parents' values of school for social, personal, and intellectual development. Good film, sad family. It'd be interesting to see a follow-up every 7 years or so, like Granada's 7-up series, to see what happens to those poor children.

Apr 23, 2014
  • ashleysears rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I thought the case said this wasn't based on real life, that it was a spoof type of movie. Either way I could only watch it for 20 minutes then I had to turn it off. Pass on this one unless your super fans of these people.

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.

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.

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

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

Completely and utterly pointless documentary about stupid rich people.

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?

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.

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!

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."

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

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

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