Peggy Guggenheim

Peggy Guggenheim

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DVD - 2016
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Filmmaker Lisa Immordino Vreeland examines the life of Peggy Guggenheim, the wealthy socialite who amassed a world-class collection of modern European and American art. Vreeland does a good job of examining the different sides to Guggenheim's life and cohering them into some sort of whole by the end of this cradle-to-grave account. She was blessed by a stroke of incredible good fortune: the discovery of audio tapes, thought lost, of interviews between Guggenheim and her biographer Jacqueline Weld.
Publisher: [New York] : Dakota Group Ltd., [2016]
Edition: DVD, Widescreen edition
Copyright Date: ℗2015
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 2
DVD
videodisc
digital,optical,2.0stereo,5.1surround,Dolby
1 videodiscs (95 min.) : sound, colour with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in

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andreajesse
Nov 12, 2017

Let me start by saying that I am a big fan of modern art. I know a little about it and I was interested in learning more, but this movie hit me like a ton of bricks. It is rapid fire information. It is tiring to watch. Ironically, in the end, I didn't feel like I knew much more about Peggy Guggenheim, the person. The movie seems to focus on a lot of the gossip surrounding Peggy. She was perhaps the greatest patron of arts of the 20th Century. Does who she slept with really matter? The film does have a lot of great and historic footage, images and content. For this reason, it is an important historical piece of work. Too bad it is not a better film.

Solid introduction to modern art through the biographical lens of a New York heiress. I knew the stuff about Guggenheim nurturing the New York School of Abstract Expressionism, in particular her support of Jackson Pollock. But I didn't know how plugged in she was with the Dada Movement. Guggenheim married Max Ernst and relied heavily on Marchel Duchamp when making key purchases. She was also close to the Surrealists; for instance, she was instrumental in getting Andre Breton out of occupied France. The documentary utilizes a lot of great archival film. It's hard not to like her.

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