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Isadora Duncan
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Ken Russell made his reputation with a series of "docu-dramas" - mostly biographies of musical personalities - for the BBC in the early and middle sixties. They remain among his most characteristic and brilliant, efforts, and this was one of the best; a wildly excessive portrait of mad, leggy, art intoxicated dancer Isadora Duncan, who became almost a parody of the "free spirit" and the "aesthere" and who died when her scarf wrapped around the wheel of a racing car in Monte Carlo - as she prepared for yet another romantic assignation - and strangled her. Like Isadora herself, Russell's film is crazy, beautiful and touching: and it's better than the Karl Reisz-Vanessa Redgrave feature which, even to the use of "Bye -Bye Blackbird" as a signature theme, it obviously inspired.
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