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“The Queen of Versailles"

Monday, July 16, 2012

Director Lauren Greenfield talks about her new documentary “The Queen of Versailles,” about Jackie and David Siegel, who start building the biggest house in America—a 90,000 sq. ft. mega-mansion, but their empire, fueled by the real estate bubble and cheap money, falters in the wake of the economic crisis. “The Queen of Versailles” opens July 20 at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center and the Angelika Film Center.

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Lauren Greenfield

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Comments [7]

Disgusted from Canada

Is it okay for the entitled to wear jackets made out of an endangered species? For that she should be in jail (or worse) for a few decades. The husband 'did something that may not be legal' to get Bush elected, so the pair obviously belong together in that jail. No doubt all citizens will be very grateful to him for getting Bush the destroyer elected. They live in a 25,000 sq ft house but they can't cook or clean up after they got rid of the staff and find it funny that their many un-fixed dogs crap all over the floors. The dogs get on the tables to gorge on leave whatever the pigs have left laying around so it won't be long before they get some chocolate or other toxin and die a nasty death. Nobody cares enough to feed the fish or lizard so they all die. Probably many other animals that weren't shown as well and the snake is loose in the house along with puppies? The Humane Society should be involved because these people are too negligent/sick to have pets. The narcissism is unbelievable and it's unfortunate that they get to continue on destroying the planet in their single-minded quest for MORE. What happened to the husband's determination that everyone should live within their means? He certainly isn't, nor does he want any of the people he's trying to sell time shares to if it means getting their money. He should be putting aside money for the therapy his kids will need once they get out in the world.

May. 12 2013 04:14 AM
JOHN LONGENECKER from California

Dec 13. Hello.
To me, a facinating film. Excellent filmmaking talent. I want to call
Jackie Siegel up on the phone and tell her I think she is swell,
a lovely lady, a wonderful mom, and a lady who treats others well.
It is typical that a guy in David's business position would support
and finance a GOP guy like George W. Bush. Ooooops!
Bush turned out pretty goofy for America and our economy.
Bankers don't sound much like any dinner guests I'd ever invite to my house.
Lauren Greenfield made a very good movie.nWay to go.
JOHN LONGENECKER, DGA
Academy Award Winner

Dec. 13 2012 02:53 PM
Denis Sugrue from NYC

I saw the film at The Angelika and genuinely liked it. I thought Jackie came across as a person that means well and is genuinely giving. David is clearly a driven business man, albeit a trifle wreckless (cash was not put aside?) There's a scene where he shows he's an old man as Jackie is trying to get him out of his anger which doesn't work (he does afterall refer to her being like having another kid). The impression I got was that Jackie genuinely loves the man.

I found it surprising that education was something not saved for though: given what was coming in money wise, you'd think a college education would be a given. "I put away enough to cover everything in school"and you'd think Jackie as an engineer, would have some idea as well.

The film is a great argument for "conservative investing" à la Benjamin Graham as David did not have any cash on the side and the driver got burned in Florida real estate.

Jul. 22 2012 01:48 AM
Gary from Port Washington

I added a link to this interview to the Wikipedia page for the film. Great interview.

Jul. 16 2012 01:17 PM

I am trying to think why I should care about the Siegels.

Jul. 16 2012 12:59 PM
Hugh Sansom

Granted that Lauren Greenfield must have come to know the Siegels very well, but I always find it difficult to take journalists and filmmakers seriously when they refer to their subjects by first name, in the chummy manner that they would use to describe friends.

Jul. 16 2012 12:49 PM
Eli Friedmann from astoria NY

no offense to the people depicted in this film but.....yuck. they sound really gross.

Jul. 16 2012 12:45 PM

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