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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vanessa Redgrave ... Isadora Duncan
John Fraser ... Roger
James Fox ... Gordon Craig
Jason Robards ... Singer
Zvonimir Crnko Zvonimir Crnko ... Essenin (as Ivan Tchenko)
Lado Leskovar Lado Leskovar ... Bugatti (as Vladimir Leskovar)
Cynthia Harris ... Mary Desti
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 - a feeble pianist in love with Isadora
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Storyline

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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Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1969 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Loves of Isadora 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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Leading lady Vanessa Redgrave trained for six months in order to imitate Isadora Duncan's dancing style in the film. See more »

Quotes

Isadora Duncan: You are rich aren't you?
Raymond Duncan: I wouldn't say that. I'm comfortably off.
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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

Referenced in Harry and Tonto (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphonie No. 7 Beethoven 1st
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Arranged by Anthony Bowles
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Vanessa Redgrave triumphs as "Isadora"
5 February 2011 | by mfbruck1See all my reviews

Why this excellent film is not available on DVD is beyond me. I just recently watched the film on an old VHS tape borrowed from the library. It was well worn and faded, but I was riveted by the amazing performance of Vanessa Redgrave as the famous dancer Isadora Duncan. I would love to see the original 168 minute film released (I viewed a cut version) in all it's intended glory. Ms. Redgrave was nominated in 1968 for her role in this film, but lost to Barbra Streisand and Katherine Hepburn. It was obviously a very strong category that year for best actress. However, this performance by Ms. Redgrave should be available to see today on Blu Ray. In my opinion, it is not to be missed. Film fans take note! If you have not seen this film, search it out. Check your local library for the VHS tape if you still have a VCR for it is well worth viewing the wonderful performance by the legendary Vanessa Redgrave.


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