This is a repeating eventaugust 22, 2018 7:30 pm
A few years ago, documentarian Lauren Greenfield struck gold (or fool’s gold?) with The Queen of Versailles, a film about the construction of one of the most expensive private
A few years ago, documentarian Lauren Greenfield struck gold (or fool’s gold?) with The Queen of Versailles, a film about the construction of one of the most expensive private homes in the United States that she happened to be filming as the bottom fell out of the economy and orphaned the project. It turned the film from something simple to a movie with a message relevant to the entire world.
Her new feature, Generation Wealth, seeks to expand on that thesis: that money — its pursuit, its hoarding, and the way it’s wielded — has had a corrosive effect on the character of an entire generation. Expanding the lens that she pointed at The Queen of Versailles, Generation Wealth travels around the world to Los Angeles, Moscow and Dubai to delve into the subculture of the ultrawealthy, and on a disparate range of human subjects in lower strata of income, people chasing beauty with plastic surgery and trying to avoid fraud convictions for financial crimes. Generation Wealth points a mirror at the distortionate gravity of wealth and its excesses, and tries to reflect back a message about how to move forward in a time of historic human inequality.