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Isadora (1968)

M  |   |  Biography, Drama, Music  |  20 June 1969 (France)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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John Fraser ...
Roger
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Gordon Craig
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Zvonimir Crnko ...
Essenin (as Ivan Tchenko)
Vladimir Leskovar ...
Cynthia Harris ...
Mary Desti
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Mrs. Duncan
Tony Vogel ...
Raymond Duncan
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 | debt | love | dance | ballet | See All (360) »

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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)

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1.66 : 1
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The film features a stony sea breakwater something which is much associated with director Karel Reisz's later film The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981). See more »

Quotes

Isadora Duncan: A man's looks have nothing to do with his success as a lover.
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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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Isadora Dancin'
6 March 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

ISADORA is one of those exquisitely produced big studio films of the late 60s that had a major release for 3 months and then vanished off the face of the earth forever. Some other titles this seemed to have happen to are; YOUNG WINSTON, NICHOLAS AND ALEXANDRA, MONTECARLO OR BUST (the other "Great Race" movie), STAR!, MAROONED, FINIANS RAINBOW, ON A CLEAR DAY, DARLING LILI....all presented in 70mm as souvenir ticket presentations in luxury cinemas of the time and then.....rarely revived or screened but also never forgotten, because so many people apparently saw them and remember them from this one major release. ISADORA may have been more financially successful than some mentioned above and it did have a huge impact on the beautiful Art Nouveau decor revival of the 60s (Art Deco ate the 70s..or vice versa). The look for the film was a sensation and the impact on teenage girls and their mothers was undeniable, all having a huge impact on free form ballet classes (nymphs and Grecian urns and veils) so hilariously satirized in THE BOYFRIEND in 1972. Vanessa Redgrave is synonymous with this role and one yearns for a cinema presentation of this extraordinary 20s icon now in 2005. I don't remember the film being overly criticized in 1968, it was a hit and respected for its tragic story and superb art direction. Several docos appeared on TV (one even being directed by Ken Russell) and there was quite a celebration of all things ISADORA and Vanessa in that year. But none since.


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