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Three Women and a Chateau
Year:  2006
Running Time:  82 minutes
Country:  USA
Genre:  Documentary
Director:  Catherine Ryan & Gary Weimberg

Description:
  [Screening @ Tiburon Film Society]

The Heiress. The Countess. The Doctor. Although they never met, these three women shared a place and a passion: Chateau Carolands, a 100 room architectural masterpiece in Hillsborough, California; the 2nd largest private home in the United States; and a three dimensional window into the last 100 years of American history.

The story of Chateau Carolands is like a Greek tragedy with a twist, with the chateau in the role of an enchanted magic mirror, so grand that it encourages a dangerous hubris in those who fall under its spell. The drama unfolds through three generations of owners of Carolands as they fall into failure and near-ruin, until the recent restoration brings about an artistic triumph for the house and current owner.

This is a story of fabulous wealth but also financial disaster, of great loves and bitter betrayals, of wars, earthquakes, murder, a porno film, and of course great works of art and architecture. The documentary provides an insider’s look at the struggles and desires of the ultra-rich in America, where even limitless money cannot guarantee that dreams come true.

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Attending:: Catherine Ryan & Gary Weimberg [directors]





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