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      Isadora

      PG 1968 2h 33m Biography List
      80% Tomatometer 10 Reviews 65% Audience Score 500+ Ratings This biography of modern-dance pioneer Isadora Duncan (Vanessa Redgrave) details the performer's tumultuous life. The film reveals how the beautiful, outspoken and graceful American-born dancer rejected ballet and moved to Europe to pursue a freer form of movement. Duncan's many love affairs are also heavily featured, most notably her relationship with Paris Singer (Jason Robards), an heir to the Singer sewing-machine fortune, and the volatile Russian writer Sergei Yesenin (Ivan Tchenko). Read More Read Less

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      Penelope Gilliatt New Yorker The picture is a wittily distanced account of a believable woman, and the attitude changes everything. If film biographies of the gifted are generally the dulled things they are, I think it is partly because the people making them are so concussed by awe. Jul 8, 2022 Full Review Zita Short InSession Film On paper Isadora is just a standard biopic about the life of dancer Isadora Duncan but it manages to cover the time she spent in the Soviet Union in great detail. Feb 7, 2023 Full Review Paul Schrader Los Angeles Free Press In Isadora Vanessa Redgrave finds the role she was made to create. Jan 24, 2020 Full Review Penelope Houston The Spectator I can't remember a biographical film that leaves one with less clearly defined feelings about the central character than Karel Reisz's Isadora -- or with less instinct for what the film-makers themselves really think about her. Apr 25, 2016 Full Review Jules Brenner Cinema Signals Rated: 2/5 Jun 22, 2005 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Jun 18, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Alec B Structurally very similar to most biopics but its filled with so many odd little scenes (just about anything with Robards) and Redgrave gives a magnificent performance. Also, that ending is kind of unbelievable, a lot of other biopics would have been more dignified. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/28/24 Full Review Victor T By today's Academy Awards standards, Vanessa's Oscar-nominated performance would have won Best Actress over the tie between Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 12/30/23 Full Review steve d The script doesn't do it any favors but it remains interesting. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member I can't believe there are so few reviews of this excellent film! A major film with one of the best performances from one of the greatest actresses of the century! No it is not perfect. But Redgrave is so radiant and moving who cares?! Production values are tremendous as well. I love this film (obviously). Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member All the credits must go to Vanessa Redgrave and her great performance! Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member I decided that I didn't like it after giving some thought to what I had seen on screen. It is as confused as its main character. You don't like Duncan despite a brave interpretation by Redgrave. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis This biography of modern-dance pioneer Isadora Duncan (Vanessa Redgrave) details the performer's tumultuous life. The film reveals how the beautiful, outspoken and graceful American-born dancer rejected ballet and moved to Europe to pursue a freer form of movement. Duncan's many love affairs are also heavily featured, most notably her relationship with Paris Singer (Jason Robards), an heir to the Singer sewing-machine fortune, and the volatile Russian writer Sergei Yesenin (Ivan Tchenko).
      Director
      Karel Reisz
      Screenwriter
      Melvyn Bragg, Clive Exton, Margaret Drabble
      Rating
      PG
      Genre
      Biography
      Original Language
      English
      Runtime
      2h 33m