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Isadora 1968 film review

Isadora 1968 film review

Isadora (1968, United Kingdom)

Running time
168 minutes
Our rating
★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ 6 / 10

This is a biography of a great dancer, dance reformer from the early twentieth century, Isadora Duncan. In the era of classic ballet Isadora rebels against the rigid rules of dance, becomes a precursor of the new style. Suddenly she starts to dance barefoot, in transparent tunings, she dances with the music of Bach, Chopin, Schubert. Her dance is based on ancient patterns and natural body movements. The film has two time lines - Isadora dictating her diaries on the French Riviera and retrospections. As a teenage girl, she made an oath that she would never marry and devote herself to art and she kept her promise. Her lovers were the great names of that era: Gordon Craig - reformer of modern theater, rich Singer - sewing machine manufacturer, Sergei Jesienin - Russian poet. Isadora establishes a schools of liberated dance, teaches a whole generations of young people.

Vanessa Redgrave, who plays Isadora, was one of the most interesting actresses of her generation. In this movie she played great, she saved the project and made it into piece of art. The director did not stand up to the task, even the romances of Isadora were presented poorly, for example Jesienin, who seems to hardly can speak in Russian. Fortunately, the Isadora’s dance, also in her imagination, rewards everything, its spontaneity and innovation, like in the open space of the Greek ruins. Redgrave is also perfect as an old woman, it is unlike anything else: a red face covered with liver spots, red hair, stale clothes, ragged shawls - such a shawl was the cause of her real death. Because of Vanessa Redgrave performance this film is worth seeing.

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Creators of Isadora

Karel Reisz films

Karel Reisz


Melvyn Bragg films

Melvyn Bragg


Clive Exton films

Clive Exton


Cast of Isadora

Vanessa Redgrave films

Vanessa Redgrave

as Isadora Duncan

Jason Robards films

Jason Robards

as Paris Singer

James Fox films

James Fox

as Gordon Craig

Zvonimir Crnko films

Zvonimir Crnko

as Sergei Essenin

Libby Glenn films

Libby Glenn

as Elizabeth Duncan

Ronnie Gilbert films

Ronnie Gilbert

as Miss Chase

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