Chateau Versailles, or, My Favorite Place Anywhere

VerPeople say that Disney World is the happiest place in the world but I would argue that it is the Chateau Versailles. Yes, I suppose the label of “happiest place in the world” is a pretty subjective one and one that would vary depending on who you asked and when (Revolution, anyone?). Continue reading

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Film Review: Farewell, My Queen

Film PosterSurely you must be noticing a pattern that is revealing my deep interest in Marie Antoinette and the French Revolution. With a trip to Europe on the horizon, I have to say that I am most excited to visit Versailles and experience where history was made.

So it was only natural that when I saw that Farewell, My Queen was playing at the Bloor Varsity theatre (which plays the best films in all of Toronto, according to me), I knew I had to use up some of the Scene points that all this Eurotrip spending has accumulated. Continue reading

Let them eat cake? The process of re-discovering Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette was the controversial and tragic French queen who was one of many victims of the French Revolution in the late 18th century. Her life fascinates me, and I feel that she’s often misrepresented in history, or should I say, historical depictions of her aren’t quite as accurate as they could be. Haven’t we all heard the stories of a cruel queen who shouted “Let them eat cake!” when told that French peasants were starving because they had no bread to eat? Continue reading

Film Review: The Queen of Versailles

No, not the queen of Versailles, Marie Antoinette (more on her later), but Jackie Siegel, wife of self-made timeshare billionaire David Siegel. The Queen of Versailles follows this extremely wealthy couple as they build the biggest home in America, one that is inspired by the famous Chateau Versailles.

This couple is the ultimate power couple. Photographs of them with famous friends who include everyone from George W. Bush to Donatella Versace to Samuel L. Jackson accent their home and timeshare hotels, showing the audience how influential and wealthy they really are. With seven children, two nannies, a two-story closet and breast implants that are impossible to ignore, Jackie is a woman who lives an extravagant lifestyle that her decades-older husband happily provides her with. David is a man who claims to be personally responsible for George W. Bush taking office and who relishes in the company of beautiful women, especially Miss America contestants. Continue reading