Regisseur Lauren Greenfield

Cast Jaqueline Siegel, David Siegel, Lorraine Barrett

Lengte 1u40

Jaar 2012

Taal English

A documentary that follows a billionaire couple as they begin construction on a mansion inspired by Versailles. During the next two years, their empire, fueled by the real estate bubble and cheap money, falters due to the economic crisis.

With the epic dimensions of a Shakespearean tragedy, The Queen of Versailles follows billionaires Jackie and David’s rags-to-riches story to uncover the innate virtues and flaws of their American dream. We open on the triumphant construction of the biggest house in America, a sprawling, 90,000-square-foot mansion inspired by Versailles. Since a booming time-share business built on the real-estate bubble is financing it, the economic crisis brings progress to a halt and seals the fate of its owners. We witness the impact of this turn of fortune over the next two years in a riveting film fraught with delusion, denial, and self-effacing humor.

With recent news of private jet usage by our favourite (?) celebrities being so outrageaous that it emits almost 500 times more than the average citizen in a year, the phrase Eat the Rich has once again become relevant in public debate. That is why this month, Kriterion’s Modern Classics highlight a cinema of crazy rich people and their decadent behaviours, because sometimes showcasing it already serves as a sufficient critique. To see an overview of our selection of Eath the Rich films, click here. 

Queen of Versailles, Jackie Siegel
Queen of Versailles, Jackie Siegel
Queen of Versailles, Jackie Siegel


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Maandag 26 september
Zaterdag 1 oktober