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Isadora Duncan: Movement From The Soul

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This unsentimental portrait of the complex and charismatic "Mother of Modern Dance" traces the life and artistic development of San Francisco-born Isadora Duncan (1877-1927).

Duncan raised dance from mere vaudeville entertainment to a legitimate art form, laying the foundation for today's modern dance. The first American performing artist to gain worldwide acclaim, she dared to use her medium for political purposes: creating the first choreography to call people to arms, to express the plight of repressed workers, and to agitate for the freedom of women.

Set against the social tapestry of turn-of-the-century America and Europe, Isadora Duncan: Movement From the Soul is a study of a revolutionary and iconoclast, a woman who dared to defy Victorian mores through both her art and the way she lived.

Illuminating and gracefully crafted, the documentary interweaves the details of Isadora Duncan's tumultuous life with re-creations of twelve of her dances. Spanning the entire range of her career, these dances illuminate Duncan's personal and artistic development. Viewers witness the evolution of Duncan's early lyrical compositions into her later dramatic and politically motivated work.

An essential film for dance students and scholars, Isadora Duncan: Movement From the Soul is also appropriate for American studies, cultural history, art history, and women's studies classes, and will be of interest to anyone who wants to know more about this singular woman and her art.

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  • Actors: Madeleine Lytton, Lori Bellilove
  • Directors: Dan Geller & Dayna Goldfine
  • Writers: Dan Geller & Dayna Goldfine
  • Producers: Dan Geller & Dayna Goldfine
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: CustomFlix
  • DVD Release Date: July 24, 2006
  • Run Time: 58 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H6SVH6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,227 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I remember watching this DVD in college (I was a dance major). I absolutely love it! It was in excellent condition and played perfectly! It is a great movie to show the beginnings of modern dance... yes the earliest form! And you can tell! hehehe. A lot of dancers don't know how, when or where modern dance originated from and it was Isadora. This movie showed some of her works, not the original form, but re-staged by students of the Duncan technique. It was very interesting to see how the changes in her life effected her works. My husband found it extremely fascinating (although he is trying to learn as much as he can about dance). This DVD also talked about her professional life, personal life, as well as the happiness and the tragedy that followed. I recommend this to all dancers! You need to know about this woman! Even though her movements are simplistic, they are extremely powerful and she was brilliant!Isadora Duncan: Movement From The Soul
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I have seen most of the videos available regarding Isadora Duncan, and this is by far my favorite. The video is structured like a Ken Burns documentary with still photos and an assortment of period film clippings supplemented with voiceovers for the primary cast of characters. Julie Harris supplies the voice of Isadora Duncan (a wonderful choice!) and reads excerpts from Isadora's autobiography (My Life). She has a very expressive voice and makes you feel like you are listening to a wonderful storyteller reminiscing about her colorful and exciting life.
Examples of some of Isadora's best-known choreographies are performed by Lori Bellilove and Madeleine Lytton with a background chorus from the Oakland ballet. Lori in particular brings Isadora's choreography alive and makes you think that you have caught a glimpse of the legendary dancer and an idea of why she so fascinated audiences. Wonderful video... the dance excerpts alone are worth the purchase price. Highly recommended!
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Largely forgotten now, Isadora Duncan was the pre-eminent free-form dancer of the first three decades of the 20th century. "Movement from the Soul" re-creates her iconoclastic choreography and dancing style, always set to selected classical music (Beethoven, J. Strauss, Sate and Scriabin are among the featured composers). Duncan's career is outlined by photos and newspaper clippings, but unfortunately there are no motion picture clips. She died at age 50 in 1927, strangled by her own scarf caught around the rear wheel of an open car. For the social and political issues that embroiled her in constant controversy see the movie "Isadora" (1968) with Vanessa Redgrave in the lead role. Duncan's autobiography is still in print. The movie and the book are available through Amazon.com
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The movie shows excerpts of Isadora's dances, danced by Lori Bellilove, a wonderful dancer. This is what interested me most in that movie. It also is a good summary of the life and work of Isadora Duncan.The pictures are of good quality.
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