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


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


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Release Date:

20 June 1969 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The Loves of Isadora  »

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

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Isadora Duncan: You are rich aren't you?
Raymond Duncan: I wouldn't say that. I'm comfortably off.
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Featured in Merci Dr Rey! (2002) See more »


La Belle Est en ce Jardin D'Amour
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Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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A Vanessa Redgrave Essential
29 April 2014 | by (United States) – See 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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