The Queen of Versailles (2012)
Director: Lauren Greenfield
Stars: Virginia Nebab, David Siegel, Jaqueline Siegel
Jackie and David Siegel, Americans, are building a home to live in. The cameras are rolling because the house is the most expensive single-family home in the country. They're calling it Versailles, obviously. These are the essential details of Lauren Greenfield's acclaimed documentary, a film that is a better document of the Great Recession than any stuffy best-seller or long-winded op-ed. The wincing comedy has the feel of contemporary reality TV, but the trenchant political points make The Queen of Versailles a profound experience.