Review by Barbara Snitzer
“The Queen of Versailles” is one of those documentaries for which I’ve coined a genre: the “doc-omg”. This type of documentary cannot be planned; it is created when the circumstances of the documentary’s subject change in a dramatic, unanticipated fashion.
Although there is no explanation offered, one can safely assume director Lauren Greenfield set out to film the ostentatious residents and construction of what was to be the largest private residence ever constructed in the United States. It’s a great subject for a movie. A look at the lines to get into Graceland and the ratings for the metastasizing number of popular reality shows from New Jersey, is sufficient proof that it has become a national pastime to gawk at people who have money and taste in complete disproportion.
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