Evita

Evita

DVD - 1998?
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True-life story of Eva Peron, who rose above childhood poverty and a scandalous past to achieve fortune and fame.
Publisher: [S.l.] : Hollywood Pictures Home Video ; Burbank, Calif. : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Enterstainment, [1998?, 1996]
Edition: Widescreen ed
ISBN: 9781558908239
1558908234
Branch Call Number: DVD MUSICAL EVI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (135 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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jaqmartial1
Apr 25, 2019

One needs to remember that this is a British music-hall play (then Broadway)...and the film is based on that play and the imagination and opinion of the playwright!
It somewhat portraits the life of Eva Duarte very quickly and it is certainly based on for the most part on true events but like I said before it is based on the imagination and opinion of the playwright.
Argentinians do not like it because it portraits Evita in somewhat of a bad way... and for most of them it is a no-no, however their opinion on Evita is greatly divided.
Antonio Banderas as Ché (everyone assumes that he is Ché Guevara but there is no mention of this in the play, only his first name) plays the role of the story teller. He is doing fine for a music hall. Remember that this is not opera!
There are some beautiful pieces in the play, especially "Cry for Me Argentina" and Madonna is doing very well in acting and singing.

If you want to know more about Evita just read an independent biography and make up your own mind, do not judge her all based on this script. She has done many things for women' rights, single mothers, and workers' rights not described in the play and the movie.

So sit down and just enjoy the music.. of Andrew Lloyd Webber.

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akirakato
Apr 01, 2019

Directed by Alan Parker in 1996 based on the 1976 concept album of the same name produced by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, this American musical drama depicts the life of Eva Perón, detailing her beginnings, rise to fame, political career and death at the age of 33.
I enjoy this epic-scale musical drama, but I'd rather watch it in a regular live-action format.

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LoriVirginia
Dec 14, 2018

I happen to like Madonna's singing. Other than that, I found this movie very tedious and boring (all singing throughout, no talking). I thought Antonio Banderas' role as Che Guevara was ridiculous....he should stick to acting and forget about singing. Just my opinion.

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ThomasJWhiting
Oct 15, 2018

VERY GOOD 1996 film opera style (almost all singing) version of Evita - Madonna is excellent, as is all the rest of the film production.

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ssjv
Aug 01, 2017

Ah, Evita the eternal musical. And Madonna has soul, who knew.

LPL_EliH Jun 24, 2016

A complex, poignant life story told with a pauseless stream of vibrant music. Evita has a breakneck pace-- there aren't any lulls in the unfolding tale of Eva Peron. The history of Argentina is covered in a surprisingly thorough and interesting way, too; though the cover may hint at an Antonio Banderas / Eva romance, it's truly Eva and Argentina.

hbrown10011 Jun 06, 2015

Except for the number "You Must Love Me," which deservedly won the Academy Award, monotone and tiresome.

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ManMachine
Feb 15, 2015

Well, if I'm not mistaken, this was the movie that was supposed to convince all of us sneering sceptics that Madonna could, in fact, really sing.

And, Yeah, OK - I admit that it did convince me that Madonna could, indeed, sing. It did. But, it was like I had always suspected - Madonna couldn't sing very well - At least, not without all of the technical, voice-enhancing gadgetry around to back her up.

When it comes to Madonna's singing I can only take it in very-very small doses, anyways. So, having to listen to her shrill, little voice almost constantly throughout Evita's 134 minute running time was really almost too much for my delicate ears to bear.

I think it's totally hilarious that while Madonna was down on location in Buenos Aires for this film, the proud people of Argentina actually gathered (in large numbers, I hear) outside her hotel to protest against her playing the part of their national heroine, Eva Peron. They angrily claimed that Madonna was not fit to play their saintly heroine - That Madonna was an utter disgrace to the memory of this woman.... Isn't that just too hilarious?

If anyone's at all interested in this sort of thing - Here's a little bit of movie-trivia regarding Evita - Entered into the Guinness Book of World Records - Most costume changes made by an actress in the course of a film - 85 costume changes by Madonna - Beating out 65 costume changes by Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra.

Fascinating stuff, eh? You know, with Evita's running time of 134 minutes, Madonna was literally changing her costumes about every minute and a half. Phew!! It makes my head spin.

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shanejeff
Nov 20, 2014

A great movie adaptation of a stage show. Beautifully filmed, and acted. Madonna shines! Must See!

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geomillar
Jan 20, 2014

I loved it on Blue Ray.
I never thought I'd enjoy seeing it for a second time.
I'd watch it again.

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