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THE PRICE OF DESIRE: A FILM ABOUT EILEEN GRAY & A LEGACY NEARLY LOST
By Alex
8/30/2014 6:57:00 PM

 

Eileen Gray - The Price of Desire

 Orla Brady as Eileen Gray and Alanis Morissette as her lover, Marisa Damia, in The Price of Desire. Photo by Julian Lennon.

 

Nearly 40 years after her death and some 80 + from the height of her career, famed Irish furniture designer and architect Eileen Gray's (1878-1976) star continues to rise with a much anticipated movie due out this fall. Entitled The Price of Desire, the film is partially shot at one of the most important modernist homes ever built - Eileen Gray’s Villa E1027. The story line is a controversial one, focusing on how a cocktail of 20th century envy and chauvinism nearly effaced Gray’s name from design history. 

 

Eileen Gray - The Price of Desire

 Eileen Gray's Villa E1027. Photo by Manuel Bougot.

 

In a recent interview at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the film’s director Mary McGuckian describes the heavily researched furnishings and sets as 'incredibly authentic' – elaborating that “[The film] is an art piece and it is intended to… to an extent elucidate a cinematic visual experience that is inspired by [Gray's] aesthetic…” 

 



The Price of Desire's director Mary McGuckian talks to DoCoMoMo's Shane O'Toole

 

The Price of Desire will have a festival launch this autumn, the location of which will be released on twitter at @EileenGrayE1027. For those able to carve out an hour, the video above offers some fascinating details on the making of the film and its historically-based dramatic storyline. To view more of Eileen's work we invite you to swing by her page on SwitchModern.com.

 




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