Lauren Greenfield: The Queen of Versailles


Venetian director Lauren Greenfield’s documentary “The Queen of Versailles” opens in limited release at theaters tomorrow. Locally, it can be seen at the Landmark Theater at 10850 W. Pico.

The Queen of Versailles “follows billionaires Jackie and David’s rags-to-riches story to uncover the innate virtues and flaws of the 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.”

Director Greenfield attended the Area D Alternative School in Venice before studying photography at Harvard, where she befriended timeshare developer David Siegel, the subject of the documentary.