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  • Actors: Vanessa Redgrave, John Fraser, James Fox, Jason Robards, John Quentin
  • Directors: Karel Reisz
  • Format: Import, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 144 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004T03GRG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 224,408 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


France released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), French ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Vanessa Redgrave stars in this film biography of the free-spirited, modern, interpretive dancer Isadora Duncan. Trained in classical dance, Duncan shattered the traditional conformities in her art and her personal life. The film begins at the end of her life as she recalls the past while dictating her memoirs to her male secretary. Her uninhibited sexuality and insistence on personal freedom and expression shocked more conservative and narrow-minded patrons and audiences. She brought in elements of classic Greek dance during the height of the jazz age and had children in and out of wedlock. Married to sewing-machine heir Paris Singer (Jason Robards) and the Russian poet Sergei Essenin (Ivan Tchenko), her life was a rollercoaster ride of success and tragic failures. Two of her children drowned when her chauffeur left the car unattended and the vehicle plunged into a river. Duncan lived by her own rules, often shunned by the very people who had so passionately embraced her pioneering efforts in dance, women's liberation and free thinking. Redgrave was nominated for an Oscar for her performance. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, Cannes Film Festival, Golden Globes, Oscar Academy Awards,

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Cowboy Buddha on 17 May 2011
Format: DVD
The legend of Isadora Duncan seems to be gradually fading with time. But when this film was made in the 1960s, she was still very much a bright memory and her free-spirited approach to both life and her art struck a definite chord with the Love Generation. Seen today, it's still a fascinating glimpse into what was undoubtedly an eccentric and frustrating yet brilliant character.

The film is always beautiful to look at - the style seems to suggest that there were many similarities between the Twenties and the Sixties. I don't know about that, but the film has a splendid period feel. The gorgeous Croatian resort of Opatija was an inspired choice to represent the French Riviera of the Twenties. A lot of attention has been paid to all the detail. Too bad, therefore, that Maurice Jarre's music seems to reflect neither the era nor the character of Isadora - at least Bye Bye Blackbird provides an appropriate background.

Director Karel Reisz deserves much praise for making the enigmatic character of Isadora as accessible as he does. The script tries hard to illuminate her by concentrating on key events in her life rather than making a conventional biopic for this very unconventional person. But it constantly and somewhat needlessly jumps back and forth in time which is occasionally confusing. The concentration on Isadora is so absolute that the other people in her life come and go with barely a word of introduction or explanation. And in a film that concentrates as much on Isadora's love life as her dancing, her bisexuality is curiously ignored. Our view of Isadora is more impression than insight.

Even so, Vanessa Redgrave treats us to a remarkable performance - making Isadora as credible as she was outrageous.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Philip R. Jaeger on 11 Jun. 2011
Format: DVD
As other reviewers have pointed out, this was an opportunity to do a definitive edition of this practically forgotten gem -- the running time on this print is 134 minutes which is the shortened version of the premiere cut which was 168 minutes. This is actually the print that was retitled in ads as THE LOVES OF ISADORA. Why not find that original release print for DVD release ?? The editing on this version totally dilutes the power of Redgrave's iconic performance and the flow of Melvyn Bragg's screenplay.
The only previous release of ISADORA was on VHS - 153 min. - " a special director's cut" - this version was a revelation to us who had never seen the original cut -- continuity is much better in this version because Reisz was in charge - not so with this abbreviated cut.
It is great to have an official widescreen print finally on DVD so I recommend it . But what a wasted chance -- no interviews with any of the surviving principals - Redgrave, James Fox, John Fraser, Melvyn Bragg, etc. - no making of documentary -- no vintage material on the film - just on Isadora Duncan-
As much as I love Hepburn in LION IN WINTER + like Streisand in FUNNY GIRL(the only tie ever for this award) , Vanessa Redgrave deserved the Oscar for best Actress in 1969.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Adrian Drew TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 July 2012
Format: DVD
Redgrave gives a typically impressive performance but she is not Isadora who was a far from beautiful woman. The rambling structure and never-ending dance sequences don't help the situation either as they are no substitute for the drama so necessary but significantly lacking from the piece. As a result the film lacks momentum and an emotional core. Characters such as Singer and more particularly Edward Gordon Craig appear and then vanish without you having any clue as to their complex and fascinating real personalities. Definitely a curate's egg this one. However the digital transfer is excellent with high end encoding and good fine detail. The extras are good too - particularly the inclusion of the full length 107mt Isadora ballet on the second disc and an amusing arts documentary extract about Isadora hosted by Peter Hall who is in conversation with the rather precious ballet critic Clement Crisp - doing a fair imitation of his namesake Quentin!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By llorraine on 16 Sept. 2011
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I think this double disc dvd should also be listed under ballet because I only found by accident the superb macmillan ballet isadora.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The CinemaScope Cat TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 Mar. 2011
Format: DVD
Opening on the French Riviera in 1927 during the last week of her life, the Karel Reisz (THE FRENCH LIEUTENANT'S WOMAN) film on the life of the revolutionary, free thinking, free spirited, controversial and celebrated dancer Isadora Duncan (Vanessa Redgrave) fluctuates between that week and the story of her rise as a visionary in the world of modern dance. As far as movie bios go, it's blessedly free of most of the cliches (she wasn't a drug addict or alcoholic) of the genre but neither, due to the restrictions of the genre, very fluid as cinema. A film like this rises or falls on the shoulders of the actress playing Isadora and that is the film's piece de resistance, an extraordinary performance by Redgrave as Isadora Duncan that ranks with the greatest female performances committed to film (she won the Cannes film festival best actress award as well as the New York Film Critics and an Oscar nomination), playing the fresh faced young Isadora and the henna haired aging Isadora with equal aplomb. So brilliant that one overlooks a crucial fact ... Redgrave is not a dancer. Fortunately, she carries herself as a dancer but when we see her dancing, she doesn't have a dancer's grace, a dancer's mobility. The dreary score is by Maurice Jarre. With Jason Robards, James Fox, John Fraser, Zvonimir Crnko and Bessie Love.

The region 2 import from France (from Doriane Films) is a handsome wide screen (1.85) transfer.
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