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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 »

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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:
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Roger
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Zvonimir Crnko ...
Essenin (as Ivan Tchenko)
Lado Leskovar ...
Bugatti (as Vladimir Leskovar)
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Mary Desti
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Mrs. Duncan
Tony Vogel ...
Libby Glenn ...
Elizabeth Duncan
Ronnie Gilbert ...
Miss Chase
Wallas Eaton ...
Archer
Nicholas Pennell ...
Bedford
John Quentin ...
Pim
Christian Duvaleix ...
Armand - a feeble pianist in love with Isadora
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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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dancer | dance | ballet | 1920s | debt | See All (364) »

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


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20 June 1969 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The Loves of Isadora  »

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

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Director Karel Reisz in 1987 prepared a Director's Cut of the film for its television broadcasts, and this version ran at a length of 153 minutes, still about fifteen minutes less than the original cut. See more »

Quotes

Isadora Duncan: [learning Russian] Honestly, I don't want to talk about red pencils with Essenin. I want to talk to him about making love with me. Now, how do say in Russian, "I adore you. You have beautiful thighs"?
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Soundtracks

La Belle Est en ce Jardin D'Amour
(Traditional)
Marche Slav
Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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The scarves of Isadora
9 August 2008 | by See all my reviews

The bigger than life Isadora Duncan, a dancing legend, is the focus of this film. "Isadora", which came out in 1968, came and went without much fanfare. The opportunity to watch it again came when it was shown on a cable network recently. The main attraction is Vanessa Redgrave's take in the subject matter.

The biopic, directed by Karel Reisz, follows aspects of Ms. Duncan's life. One thing comes across: she was a woman ahead of her time! Her disregard for classical dance made her famous, although as shown in the film, one wonders what liberties the filmmakers took in Ms. Redgrave's renditions of works created by the famous artist.

Another thing that is clearly evident in the movie is the unhappy life of Isadora. She had no luck with anyone of her lovers. The most famous one was Paris Singer, the son of an American millionaire which ended tragically as their son and her daughter with another man drowned, something that weighed heavily on this tormented woman.

Vanessa Redgrave at the height of her beauty was magnificent in her interpretation of the troubled Isadora. Jason Robards is seen as Paris Singer, the American heir that fell in love with the dancer, but didn't seem to have much in common with her.


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