Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict
Lisa Immordino Vreeland, whose acclaimed debut feature documentary, Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, delighted HCAF audiences two years ago, turns her lens towards Peggy Guggenheim, a colorful character who was not only ahead of her time but helped to define it. Peggy Guggenheim, an heiress to her family’s fortune, became a central figure in the modern art movement. As she navigated through the cultural upheaval of the 20th century, she collected not only art, but also artists.
Her dazzling personal history included such figures as Samuel Beckett, Max Ernst, Jackson Pollock, Alexander Calder, Marcel Duchamp, as well as countless others. While fighting through personal tragedy, she maintained her vision to build one of the most important collections of modern art, now enshrined in her Venetian palazzo.
The film, richly illustrated with her collected artwork and containing rare, candid audio interviews with Peggy Guggenheim herself, makes a strong case that she was one of her generation’s truly liberated women, single-mindedly forging a groundbreaking career as an independent gallery ownerist and collector, while moving through an astonishing series of sexual liaisons (and the occasional marriage) with brilliant artists including Samuel Beckett, Constantin Brancusi, Paul Bowles, and Max Ernst.
—Peter L. Stein, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
USA, Italy, UK, 2015
Directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland
Written by Bernadine Colish and Lisa Immordino Vreeland
Cinematography by Peter Trilling
Editing by Bernadine Colish, Jed Parker
Music by Steven Argila
Cast: Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti