Tattered Cover FREE Classic: Isadora Duncan
United Kingdom, 1966, 67 Minute Running Time
Saturday, March 5th at 7pm - FREE Tickets available at the box office at 6pm
Hosted by Howie Movshovitz and presented by Tattered Cover Bookstore and Colorado Public Radio
16mm presentation - “Isadora Duncan” is not quite a biography, although it contains biographical information, and it’s something less than a full-scale, impressionistic “portrait of the artist.” Russell made it for television during his early years with the BBC, which were tolerant, experimental years in the British TV business. While a narrator tells about some episodes in Duncan’s career, the film either illustrates the talk or sometimes presents images that comment on those events or describe Russell’s sense of Duncan. The film veers between poetic/appreciative and sarcastic.
Ken Russell makes films whose stylistic excess tends to overwhelm thought and even feeling. He dazzles the senses, and I find that you don’t really know what’s taken place until afterwards when the images take a second run through the brain. For some people – notably the insightful, but sometimes priggish, critic David Thomson – Russell is intolerable and vulgar, in the sense that he has no respect for anyone or anything but himself. For others, Russell’s exuberance alone is enough reason for the spectacle that takes place on screen
DIRECTOR: Ken Russell