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Loves of Isadora


1973       Vanessa Redgrave

In a film that won high critical acclaim including an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of the title role, Vanessa Redgrave depicts dancer Isadora Duncan in Universal's biographical drama in Technicolor, "The Loves of Isadora," coming to the . Theatre. A Robert and Raymond Hakim production and a film by Karel Rein, James Fox, Ivan Tchenko and Jason Robards each serve in one of the three romantic interludes in Miss Duncan's life, which are dramatically depicted.

As adapted for the screen by Melvin Bragg who, with dive Exton, wrote the screenplay, it is the story of the eternal female, beautiful, charming, elusive and enigmatic. Isadora is the romantic rebel who dares to defy society and its conventions, and almost gets away with it because she is a talented artist. There is very little difference between her and today's talented and rebellious youth.

Miss Redgrave prepared for the role for almost a year, reading everything she could on Miss Duncan, interviewing people who had worked with her, and studying every photograph and newsreel

still available on the great dancer. The screenplay is based on two of the books she turned up in her research; "My Life" by Isadora Duncan, and "lsadora Duncan, An Intimate Portrait" by Sewell Stokes. During the entire seven months of production, Litz Pisk, who did the choreography, worked with Miss Redgrave, coaching her in body movements as well as the dances. She was an apt pupil, having studied ballet before making the decision to follow in the histrionic footsteps of her parents, Sir Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson.

For the scenes with Robards, who portrays Paris Singer, the fabulously wealthy scion of the sewing machine family, the National Trust country home in Buckinghamshire, England , was used because it architecturally resembled Rellevue, the Neuilly, France. home that Singer had bought as a school for the fiery, young American iconoclast. For other scenes, the director used the original European home of the Singer family, built in 1874 and modeled after the Versailles palace. It is the Oldway Mansion in Devon.

The French Riviera of the 1920's was photographed at a Yugoslavian resort on the Adriatic, while the National Theatre in Rijeka doubled as the Berlin Opera House where Miss Duncan had the first of her romantic interludes with stage set designer Gordon Craig. That role is portrayed in the film by Fox. An exciting sequence in which Isadora dances with Russian soldiers in an army theatre was filmed in Zagreb, while a medieval castle in Ptuj was used to depict Isadora's Russian school of the dance for children. It is here that she meets her third romantic interest, Tchenko, in the role of a poet. In all, the picture used 72 locations.

Born in Egypt, and raised in France, Robert and Raymond Hakim have made important contributions as producers to the library of enduring film classics. Among their many successes since they entered independent production in 1933 are "Pepe La Moko" and "Belles de Jour," winner of the Golden Lion award at the 1967 Venice Film Festival.

Reisz, a Cambridge University graduate with a degree in biochemistry, made his bow as a director in an experimental film. Among his many boxoffice and artistic successes are "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning," "This Sporting Life" and "Morgan," the film in which Miss Redgrave made her debut.





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CAST

Isadora ....................... VANESSA REDGRAVE
Roger ....................... JOHN FRASER
Craig ....................... JAMES FOX
Singer ....................... JASON ROBARDS
Essenin ....................... IVAN TCHENKO
Bugati ....................... VLADIMIR LESKOVAR
Mary ....................... CYNTHIA HARRIS
Mrs Duncan ....................... BESSIE LOVE
Raymond Duncan ....................... TONY VOGEL
Elizabeth Duncan ....................... LIBBY GLENN


CREDITS

Produced by ....................... ROBERT and RAYMOND HAKIM
Directed by ....................... KAREL REISZ
Screenplay by ....................... MELVIN BRAGG,CLIVE EXTON
Adapted for the screen by ....................... MELVIN BRAGG
Additional dialogue by ....................... MARGARET DRABBIE
Based on "My Life" by ....................... ISADORA DUNCAN
"Isadora Duncan, An Intimate Portrait" by ....................... SEWELL STOKES
Director of Photography ....................... LARRY PIZER
Color by ....................... TECHNICOLOR
Production Designer ....................... JOCELYN HERBERT
Art Directors ....................... MICHAEL SEYMOUR, MISO SENECIC
Choreography by ....................... LUTZ PISK
Editor ....................... TOM PRIESTLY
Assistant Director ....................... CLAUDE WATSON
Production Supervisor ....................... ROY PARKINGSON
Production Manager ....................... ERIC RATTRAY
Original Film Music ....................... MAURICE JARRE
Music for Dance Sequence ....................... ANTHONY BOWLES
Classical and Dance Music ....................... ANTHONY BOWLES
Produced in association with ....................... UNIVERSAL PICTURES LTD.
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