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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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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vanessa Redgrave ... Isadora
John Fraser ... Roger
James Fox ... Craig
Jason Robards ... Singer
Zvonimir Crnko Zvonimir Crnko ... Essenin (as Ivan Tchenko)
Lado Leskovar Lado Leskovar ... Bugatti (as Vladimir Leskovar)
Cynthia Harris ... Mary
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
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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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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: Tomorrow is a hypothesis.
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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 »

Connections

Featured in Merci Dr Rey! (2002) See more »

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 ptb-8See 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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