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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
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


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Trivia

The film in 1970 was voted as one of the top Ten Best English language Films of 1969 by the US National Board of Review. See more »

Quotes

Isadora Duncan: A man's looks have nothing to do with his success as a lover.
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Alternate Versions

NBC broadcast the complete roadshow version over two nights twice in the early 1970s. While that broadcast was missing (1) the Intermission music, (2) the lovemaking scene between Redgrave and James Fox, and (3) a snippet of nudity in the "Marche Slav" sequence, much new footage was added. Karel Reisz's 153-minute Director's Cut from 1987 is very close to what was seen on NBC. What is missing are some early establishing scenes of:
  • The Duncan Family taking a transatlantic cattleboat to Europe in dreadful weather.
  • The Duncan Family checking into Claridge's Hotel as "The O'Gormans" and sneaking out the next day without paying the bill
-Young Isadora and her brother Raymond improvising dances in autumn leaves in Kensington Garden -Many of the Jason Robards/Paris Singer sequences were longer and a tad more intricate. The later trimmings tightened things up a bit. -One additional dance performance sequence The Roadshow's intermission came after Isadora reveals the circumstances involving the death of her children, coming at the 2-hour mark. Russia and her death in Nice followed the Intermission and made up the film's last hour. Generally, the roadshow version differs from the Director's Cut in the overall rhythmic feel of the film. The Riviera/Nice sequences were more of the film's "spine" and the hallucinations of Isadora's children and their funerals begin as a mystery. They intersect more frequently, only very gradually revealing themselves to the viewer. By the time Isadora sits down to document her loss in the harrowing centerpiece, the audience has begun to put the puzzle pieces together. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Harry and Tonto (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Impromptu in B-flat, Op. 142
Written by Franz Schubert
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14 June 1999 | by skunk-9See all my reviews

There are several versions of this film. The original is rather long, but well worth the time spent viewing it. The subsequent edited versions -- even the so-called "director's cut" -- omit small but crucial events in Isadora's life, without which it becomes more difficult to understand how Isadora sublimated her angst into her art.


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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 »

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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