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Isadora (1966)

Isadora Duncan, the Biggest Dancer in the World (original title)
The outrageous life of the American dancer of the 1920s, Isadora Duncan, whom Ken Russell described as "part genius and part charlatan".

Director:

Ken Russell

Writers:

Ken Russell (scenario), Sewell Stokes (scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Vivian Pickles ... Isadora Duncan
Peter Bowles ... Paris Singer
Alexei Jawdokimov Alexei Jawdokimov ... Sergei Yessenin
Murray Melvin ... Photographer
Jeanne Le Bars Jeanne Le Bars ... Wilma
Alita Naughton Alita Naughton ... Journalist
Sandor Elès ... Bugatti
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The outrageous life of the American dancer of the 1920s, Isadora Duncan, whom Ken Russell described as "part genius and part charlatan".

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Biography

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Trivia

The prison corridor was shot backstage in a BBC corridor, a very conscious jab at the creative restraints Ken Russell had been subject to at the BBC. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in The Benny Hill Show: Show 22 (1975) See more »

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no great dancer in the traditional sense
18 December 2017 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

This is fine, a well intentioned and lovingly created early TV piece from Ken Russell. It is a little uneven and although to some extent that became a trademark of the director, here it is probably budget restraints that mean some scenes look less 'cinematic' than others. The music and dance sequences are immaculate and I guess that is the main thing, its just that I rather tire of the repeated success and failure scenario. The children (and a lot of them) are very well dealt with and appear very natural. Vivian Pickles does very well as the leading player and dances as well as is required, baring in mind that Duncan was herself no great dancer in the traditional sense.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1966 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Isadora See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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