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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 »

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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:
... Isadora Duncan
... Roger
... Gordon Craig
... Singer
Zvonimir Crnko ... Essenin (as Ivan Tchenko)
Lado Leskovar ... Bugatti (as Vladimir Leskovar)
... Mary Desti
... 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 | dance | ballet | 1920s | debt | See All (364) »

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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) | (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 name of the ship that transported Isadora Duncan (Vanessa Redgrave) from Hamburg, Germany to New York, USA was the "SS Paris". 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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Bye Bye Blackbird
Music by Ray Henderson and lyrics by Mort Dixon
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Under-appreciated director, and undervalued screenplay,
14 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

Over the past weekend, I viewed a VHS of Isadora. Throughout the movie (and I assume this was in the script), the motif of the scarf is repeated in various ways showing that she loved scarves and billowy fabric; even if she didn't in real life, the reinforcement of the scarf (as well as her pursuit of the man driving the Bugatti), gives her death a logic and finality that "real" life cannot. Surely, Isadora's death must have been so fictional as not to be believed, as well as the fate of her children. Film-makers must craft a film in such a way that the viewer believes that every moment is true. Compare this screenplay with what Robert McKee says about writing screenplays in his incomparable book, Story, and you'll agree that the Isadora screenplay is undervalued. Also, Redgrave's performance is surely one of the finest of any era--and should have gotten the Oscar, but thankfully won at Cannes (outside the Hollywood political machine). The length of the film, to me, was no problem; the life of Isadora Duncan, could not have been shown in less. The stage scenes of her dancing were perfectly directed and illustrated how she could fill a theatre while also being rejected.


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