Evita – 1996



Evita is an American movie from the 1996, written and filmed by Alan Parker. This movie was based on the musical play Evita; the lyrics are written by Tim Rice and the music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. I was produced on Broadway by Robert Stigwood, Alan Parker and Andrew G. Vajna in association with David Land. 

The movie was recorded in Argentina and Hungary, and Madonna and Antonio Banderas have the leading roles that narrate the live of Evita Perón (Eva Duarte). This is how the working class from Argentina called María Eva Duarte de Perón.

The movie starts with scenes of the funeral services when Eva Perón passed away in October of 1951 and at the same time showing images of she was a child in her dad’s funeral, where she wasn’t allowed to see her father for the last time because she was his daughter from another marriage and they were considered bastards. Che (Antonio Banderas) is the narrator of the story and he is a fictitious character that appears through the whole movie, singing

When she was 15 years old, she decided to move to Buenos Aires with a famous tango singer, at that time her sentimental relationship. She was abandoned by him and she started meeting influential people to grow as a singer, actress and performer. She had a personal style and so many qualities but since she came from the middle class, she always kept her feet on the ground.

Due to her memories of childhood of childhood poverty and inequalities, she started participating in political events and she meets and seduces Juan Perón, that at that time was aspiring to lead the republican party. She shared so many things of his ideology, so she decided to promote his career and vote for him. 

The whole movie is narrated through music with beautiful lyrics that explain what’s happening at that time. This is the first movie I’ve ever seen that the 99% of it is musical. And I really enjoyed. The lyrics are very well done and it was a real pleasure seeing my spanish country folk Antonio Banderas. It was an interesting and fun way to add explanation to the movie. A long time ago I read the biography of Eva Perón and I was captivated by her unique personality and the difference she made in the world in her short life, so I was looking forward to watch this movie for this week’s blog post.

Alan Parker has received many awards for his movies. His first movie was in 1976; Bugsy Malone and he was nominated in the oscars for 8 awards. He has done a lot of movies that talked about social inequalities like racism. Evita was a huge success and a very powerful and well made movie about the wonderful human being Eva Perón, who did so much for Argentina and its people.

Here is a link to her last speech in 1951:

Eva Peron last speech 1951

Other credits:

Production Designer: Brian Morris.

Cinematography: Darius Khondji.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!


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