Isadora (1968)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5

United Kingdom/France, 1968.  Hakim, Paris Film, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by , , additional dialogue by , based on the books Isadora Duncan An Intimate Portrait by , and My Life by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , , .  Film Editing by

Vanessa Redgrave gives one of her most electrifying performances in this fascinating biography of modern dancer Isadora Duncan. Never having had any rigorous, traditional training, Duncan wowed the world with her physically free and exotic (sometimes erotic) methods of movement, ushering in a whole new era of the artform and capturing international imaginations with her colourful personality. This marvelously paced biopic goes from Duncan’s early days as an unknown, through to her prosperity, plus pointing out the times in her life when she wasn’t so popular (she was suspected of being a communist sympathizer, and a tour of Russia did not help things one bit). Her tragic death at a young age only helped to solidify her status as an icon and symbol for both the art of dance and the generation from whence she came. Not to be confused with television film made in 1966 and directed by Ken Russell that was recently rereleased with the same title.

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Actress (Vanessa Redgrave)

Cannes Film Festival Award:  Best Actress (Vanessa Redgrave)

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Actress-Drama (Vanessa Redgrave)

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