Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict
Directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland
Bouncing between Europe and the United States as often as she would between lovers, Peggy Guggenheim’s life was as swirling as the design of her uncle’s museum, and reads more like fiction than any reality imaginable. Peggy Guggenheim – Art Addict offers a rare look into Guggenheim’s world: blending the abstract, the colorful, the surreal and the salacious, to portray a life that was as complex and unpredictable as the artwork Peggy revered and the artists she pushed forward.
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★★★★ review by Matt Thomas on Letterboxd
A fascinating insight told by the woman herself in archived tapes. Great contributors (including a surprise appearance from Robert De Niro). Peggy seems passionate, articulate, funny and nicely eccentric.
★★★★ review by LWLies on Letterboxd
“Because of her lack of beauty she was never going to make it as a siren,” offers one bitchy (male) commentator when asked what made the late Peggy Guggenheim gravitate towards the accumulation of art. This outrageously entertaining, quick-fire film boasts the rat-a-tat rhythm and the lust for life of a screwball comedy, as it introduces us to a woman who rose above the sneering, and carved out a name for herself as a creative patron, voracious lover and bon vivant...
★★★★★ review by Han on Letterboxd
honestly this documentary makes me excited about life and imo that's my fav type of documentary.
Spoiler: she says that getting old is a horrible thing but there's another documentary called Fabulous Fashionistas and that documentary makes me want to flash through 50 years of my life so I can be a Cool Old Lady, so I'm still excited about life
★★★★ review by Chris Campbell on Letterboxd
A fascinating documentary about a complex woman who built the definitive collection of Modern art and lived an unapologetic and uninhibited life. Built from an interview thought to be lost, Guggenheim's voice provides many of the details and archival footage provides a great illustration for the story.
★★★★ review by Martin Brochhaus on Letterboxd
Very cool documentary. Even as someone who knows nothing about art, I was hooked. This woman was a superconnector and hung out with the biggest names in art - like Picasso et al, so surely even I have heard about them.
There is lot's of video footage plus recordings of the last interview that she gave. Those combined draw a very intimate and personal picture about her and at the end of the documentary you have a feeling as if you had spend a few hours with her yourself and you knew her a little bit.
It also gives some very interesting insights into the arts scene and life in the 50s - which are both just completely nuts. This is one of those movies that leaves you thinking that we are all born too late. There is no more fun and adventure to be had on this planet.
I got goosebumps at the very end.
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