on September 11, 2003
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!
on March 19, 2007
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