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Isadora (1968)

A biography of the dancer Isadora Duncan, the 1920s dancer who forever changed people's ideas of ballet. Her nude, semi-nude, and pro-Soviet dance projects as well as her attitudes on free ... See full summary »

Director:

Karel Reisz

Writers:

Melvyn Bragg (adaptation), Melvyn Bragg (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vanessa Redgrave ... Isadora Duncan
John Fraser ... Roger
James Fox ... Gordon Craig
Jason Robards ... Singer
Zvonimir Crnko Zvonimir Crnko ... Essenin (as Ivan Tchenko)
Lado Leskovar Lado Leskovar ... Bugatti (as Vladimir Leskovar)
Cynthia Harris ... Mary Desti
Bessie Love ... Mrs. Duncan
Tony Vogel ... Raymond Duncan
Libby Glenn Libby Glenn ... Elizabeth Duncan
Ronnie Gilbert Ronnie Gilbert ... Miss Chase
Wallas Eaton Wallas Eaton ... Archer
Nicholas Pennell Nicholas Pennell ... Bedford
John Quentin John Quentin ... Pim
Christian Duvaleix Christian Duvaleix ... Armand - a feeble pianist in love with Isadora
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Storyline

A biography of the dancer Isadora Duncan, the 1920s dancer who forever changed people's ideas of ballet. Her nude, semi-nude, and pro-Soviet dance projects as well as her attitudes on free love, debt, dress, and lifestyle shocked the public of her time. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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The Life and Many Loves of the Most Exciting Woman of Our Time


Certificate:

M | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1969 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Loves of Isadora See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hakim, Paris Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut) | (original) | (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

When filming "the Russian dance sequence" in a theater filled with unsuspecting extras, Vanessa Redgrave duplicated a real-life incident in the life of Isadora Duncan by ripping off the top of her dress and dancing bare-breasted. The extras were not told that she would do this, thus providing the desired audience-aghast reaction shots that director Karel Reisz wanted. See more »

Quotes

Isadora Duncan: A man's looks have nothing to do with his success as a lover.
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Alternate Versions

The film was originally released at a length of 168 minutes. Following this, the film was cut to 138 minutes. In 1987, director Karel Reisz prepared a director's cut of the film, for its television showings, running at a length of 153 minutes. This was the only version ever available on video. See more »

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Features HeartBeat See more »

Soundtracks

Impromptu in B-flat, Op. 142
Written by Franz Schubert
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A Vanessa Redgrave Essential
29 April 2014 | by JLRMovieReviewsSee all my reviews

The life of Isadora Duncan, a famed artist and dancer of the 1900s to the 1920s, is explored in this film. She is embodied by actress Vanessa Redgrave and it is a match made in heaven. Vanessa wears the cloth of Isadora like a wrap, gracefully but with firm determination. We see Isadora in present day - 1927 - and also in flashbacks that show how she came into prominence. Isadora's presence and personality draws the viewer in as she herself tends to withdraw. You feel her movements throughout the film as being small but meaningful and her breaths are but wisps. Lilts. Tips. Vanessa as Isadora is hardly trying to emphasize any one thing and therefore makes the film an experience in feeling everything. A lightness permeates the film, along with the symbolism of the man driving the car that almost hit her, of whom she searches for thereafter. She does have men in her life - James Fox and Jason Robards, who's a millionaire of the Singer sewing machines empire. But they are only secondary to Vanessa. A mysteriousness and sadness encircle the life we are witnessing through losses, fights, and political views. Take in the life of Isadora - the passion, the impractical, the flighty, the will. She might be her own undoing, but she was Isadora Duncan.


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