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.
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Karel Reisz is a bit forgotten nowadays. Too bad, this director made a few great films in his time like 'Isadora' with Vanessa Redgrave in the title role. Reisz and Redgrave are clearly inspired during some dance scenes. Strongly recommended.
Largesse practically drowns this earnest if episodic (not helped by unsympathetic editing) dawdle through the key points in Duncan's life. The dots don't quite join together and it resembles an over elaborately detailed thimble. An odd topic to throw millions at, but the art direction is worthy of a viewing. Redgrave acts with a capital A which doesn't help. Not a patch on Ken Russell's film from a year or so earlier
Vanessa Redgrave is wonderful and deserved her Cannes award for Best Actress. I suspect the famous song "If I were a rich man" in the 1971 film "Fiddler on the Roof" borrowed some of the music from "Isadora" made four years before. Some of the cinematography is very, very good. Not always, though.
La première impression que laisse cette réalisation, à la fin de la projection, est l'évidence d'une indiscutable performance artistique de l'excellente Vanessa Redgrave dans le rôle titre, assumant avec un réel talent les moult facettes d'un personnage fascinant et déroutant. Paradoxalement, on est fort éloigné des chefs-d'oeuvre du réalisateur que l'on a connu déjà plus inspiré et plus percutant.