'Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict' Director on Finding Her Story From a Vast Amount of Material

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Indiewire's Sydney Levine talks to Lisa Immordino Vreeland about her new documentary Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict.

"The most challenging thing about this one was the vast amount of material we had at our disposal," Immordino Vreeland says, comparing it to her previous documentary Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel. "We had a lot of media to go through — instead of fashion spreads, which informed The Eye Has To Travel, we had art, which was fantastic. I was spoiled by the access we had to these incredible archives and footage. I'm still new to this, but it's the storytelling aspect that I loved in both projects. One thing about Peggy that Mrs. Vreeland didn't have was a very tragic personal life. There was so much that happened in Peggy's life before you even got to what she actually accomplished. And so we had to tell a very dense story about her childhood, her father dying on the Titanic, her beloved sister dying — the tragic events that fundamentally shaped her in a way. It was about making sure we had enough of the personal story to go along with her later accomplishments. World War II alone was such a huge part of her story, opening an important art gallery in London, where she showed Kandinsky and other important artists for the first time. The amount of material to distill was a tremendous challenge and I hope we made the right choices."

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