Dispatch: Versailles Mania in Manhattan

July 18, 2012 | by —JEFFREY SLONIM | Homepage

FROM LEFT: Diane Kruger at the premiere of Farewell, My Queen; Annika Connor at The Frick Collection Garden Party

With the documentary The Queen of Versailles having captured the downside of the American dream—more on that premiere next week—Versailles appears to be in the air, so to speak. In Benoît Jacquot’s Farewell, My Queen, which debuted last week, Diane Kruger plays Marie Antoinette as a sexy lesbian. The film portrays life in the final days of Versailles, with all of the itchy mosquito bites, crowding, and gossipy aristocrats and servants.

At The Peggy Siegal Company screening at MoMA, Kruger said that her big hair took “an hour and a half, faster when I just had to put the wigs on.” Like Marie Antoinette, Kruger grew up in Austria, so the accent came easily. “I have a natural small accent in French,” she indicated. “But I added to it.”

On Tuesday, The Peggy Siegal Company screened Shut Up and Play the Hits: The Very Loud Ending of LCD Soundsystem. The film documents the final concert of the beloved punk dance band. Apparently, Anne Hathaway, who showed up to the Village East Cinema wearing a groovy black Dolce & Gabbana dress, caught the band's legendary last concert. Hathaway even stayed for the afterparty at Lilium at the W hotel in Union Square.

FROM LEFT: Anne Hathaway at the Shut Up and Play the Hits: The Very Loud Ending of LCD Soundsystem premiere; Rachel Roy and Freida Pinto at the premiere of Trishna

Same night, the Cinema Society and Rachel Roy screened Trishna, which starts out as a sweet love story set against the dramatically picturesque and colorful backdrop of India. Freida Pinto plays the poor but beautiful Trishna, who hooks up with a scion of a hotel-owning family. The story follows Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles and gets darker from there. How dark? Spoiler alert: let’s just say it doesn’t end well.  

Literally switching gears, on Wednesday, at SoulCycle on the Upper East Side, über-hot Victoria's Secret models put on their biking gear (short shorts) and rode to benefit cancer research. Erin Heatherton, Leonardo DiCaprio’s gal pal, mentioned that she “loves to run” but that she mainly just cycles when it’s “nice outside.”     

“I’ve never done this before,” added Behati Prinsloo, now allegedly dating Adam Levine. And Lindsay Ellingson, who attended the event last year, claimed the workout was her most challenging ever.

Same night, The Frick Collection graciously invited Dispatches to its tony summer garden fête at the museum, the last great mansion on Fifth Avenue—shades of Versailles. The dress was summer finery at its best. Emily T. Frick had on what appeared to be a jade necklace and an elegant white suit. Mark Gilbertson wore a pink jacket and a black-and-white rep tie. Ivy Gimlets with Beluga vodka set the tone.

Filmmakers Bart Layton and Dimitri Doganis at the afterparty for the premiere of The Imposter

And Thursday, though Peggy was in France, The Peggy Siegal Company, screened The Imposter, a docudrama that includes real interviews with the principal characters and begins with the disappearance of a 13-year-old Texan child. Three years later, the boy is believed to be found, only he now has a French accent and darker skin and eyes. The plot has the sort of twists and turns that provoke nervous laughter, in a good way.

Later at Le Cirque, I sat with Kurt Loder and Jennifer Vineyard, the New York mag reporter. Seems like they’re dating. She’s exceedingly smart, and he still has an edgy cool factor. Great couple. Loder, a vet of Rolling Stone, mentioned that Cameron Crowe got his start with the music magazine at age 15.  
So what is the grifter in the picture doing now?      

“The last I heard, he was working in telephone marketing,” said The Imposter director Bart Layton. “He’s quite well known now in France … actually he was reasonably well known before this episode.”    

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