All hail “The Queen of Versailles.”
This irresistible documentary, about the effects of the 2008 economic collapse on a free-spending, über-wealthy couple, gives viewers an up-close-and-personal look at the gaudy weirdness that is the American Dream – in reverse.
“Versailles,” directed and produced by Lauren Greenfield (“Thin”), focuses on David and Jackie Siegel, who in 2006 broke ground on their 90,000-square-foot dream house in Windermere, Florida. They named it 'Versailles' and, upon completion, it would have been the largest private residence in the U.S.
Today, their hulking Versailles stands half-finished, a potent symbol for the nation’s economic collapse and the consequences on the housing market.
Greenfield began filming the couple in 2007, when they were still flying high (both...