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The Queen of Versailles

Rated PG 100 minutes 2012

A tale of large rooms and even larger ironies, this documentary by Lauren Greenfield centers on the 90,000-square-foot Orlando mansion commissioned by elderly David Siegel, who made billions with his time-share company Westgate Resorts, and his middle-aged wife, Jackie, a former model and the spoiled mother of their eight spoiled children. When the real estate market collapses in 2008 the couple are forced to sell the property, but oddly, no one wants to buy an unfinished, $100 million testament to one family’s greedy materialism. Of course, the Siegels are only doing on a grand scale what countless American families did on a modest one, the difference being that even in lean times they live like Marie Antoinette. Unfortunately the guillotine is not an option here.

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Director: Lauren Greenfield

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