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EVITA

"I need to be dazzling, I want to be Rainbow High!"


Production

Directed by: Alan Parker
Play written by: Tim Rice
Screenplay written by: Alan Parker & Oliver Stone
Produced by: Alan Parker, Robert Stigwood, Andrew G. Vajna, Lisa Moran & David Wimbury
Location: Argentina, Hungary, Spain and the UK
Date of filming: Feb. 1996 - 30 May 1996
Budget: $ 55 million

Cast

Madonna
Antonio Banderas
Jonathan Pryce
Jimmy Nail
Victoria Sus
Julian Littman
Olga Merediz
Laura Pallas
Julia Worsley
María Luján Hidalgo
Servando Villamil
Andrea Corr
Peter Polycarpou
Gary Brooker
Maite Yerro
Adriá Collado
Gabriel Kraisman
Martin Drogo
Venesa Weis
Veronica Ferrari Risler
Aldana García Soler
Domingo Chiofalo
Ismael Osorio
Lidia Leonor Catalano
Eva 'Evita' Duarte de Perón
Ché
President/Colonel Juan Perón
Agustín Magaldi
Dona Juana
Brother Juan
Blanca
Elisa
Erminda
Young Eva
Cipriano Reyes
Perón's Mistress
Domingo Mercante
Juan Bramuglia
Julieta
Carlos
Cinema Manager
Young Juan
Young Blanca
Young Elisa
Young Erminda
Chivilcoy Priest
Juan Duarte Sr
Estela Grisolia

Trivia

Madonna convinced Alan Parker that she was perfect for the role by sending him her Take A Bow video, in which she's inspired by Evita.

During the filming of the movie, Madonna got pregnant with Lola, after which the filming dates were drastically restructured.

Soundtrack

Evita (OST) - click to enlarge

Original Music by: Andrew Lloyd Webber
Main vocals by Madonna, Antonia Banderas, Jonathan Pryce and Jimmy Nail

A Cinema In Buenos Aires, 26 July 1952
Requiem For Evita
Oh What A Circus
On This Night Of A Thousand Stars
Eva And Magaldi / Eva Beware Of The City
Buenos Aires
Another Suitcase In Another Hall
Goodnight And Thank You
The Lady's Got Potential
Charity Concert / The Art Of The Possible
I'd Be Suprisingly Good For You
Hello And Goodbye
Peron's Latest Flame
A New Argentina
On The Balcony Of The Casa Rosada 1
Don't Cry For Me Argentina
On The Balcony Of The Casa Rosada 2
High Flying Adored
Rainbow High
Rainbow Tour
The Actress Hasn't Learned The Lines (You'd Like To Hear)
And The Money Kept Rolling In (And Out)
Partido Feminista
She Is A Diamond
Santa Evita
Waltz For Eva And Che
Your Little Body's Slowly Breaking Down
You Must Love Me
Eva's Final Broadcast
Latin Chant
Lament

Release

Evita - click to enlarge Released as: Evita
Released in theatres: Dec. 1996 (US); Jan. 1997 (Eur.)
Released on DVD: March 24th, 1998 (US); June 1st, 1999 (Europe)
Runtime: 134 minutes
Genre: Drama/Musical
MPAA rating: Rated PG for thematic elements, images of violence and some mild language.
Box office: $ 50 million (US) / $ 91 million (Non-US)

Synopsis

Many directors had already envisioned a movie remake of Andrew Lloyd Webber's famous musical about the life of Eva Peron. When Oliver Stone gave up, Alan Parker gave it a try and he succeeded. Lots of speculation surrounded the casting of the leading role: famous actresses as Michelle Pfeiffer and Meryl Streep showed intrest in the role. Eventually it was Madonna who convinced Parker by sending him a long letter, argumenting she was perfect for the job. She included her video for Take A Bow, which showcased a look, inspired by Evita. Nobody knows what convinced Alan Parker the most, but fact is that Madonna's road to fame resembles a lot the one of Eva Peron.
The movie starts with a flash forward of Evita's death in July 1952. We go back to see the little girl Eva Duarte, as she escapes her small birth town and goes to Buenos Aires. It's a difficult struggle to survive, but she makes it as an actress and eventually she gets to meet Colonel Juan Peron. They fall in love and get married. When Peron is elected president, his wife grows out as the popular first lady, adored by the people. Her story is a success, but doesn't last long...

Rating

For years, Madonna sought recognition as an actress but most of her attempts failed disasterously. It was predicted that her role in Evita would change this and it did. Only few will contradict that Evita is Madonna's best movie to date. Without any doubt, this success is a result of the fact that the movie is actually a musical. Her singing will always be superior to her acting, so a movie in which she sings all the time, is logically better than a spoken one. This is also the reason why Madonna's acting is a lot more natural than in her other movies; she feels more comfortable while singing. Madonna obviously feels connected to the character (probably because she had similar experiences in her own life) which is postive for the credibility. Surrounded by professional actors like Antonio Banderas and Jonathan Pryce, she made this the best musical of the 90s. 8,5/10

Awards

1997 Oscar Awards: award for 'Best Song' (You Must Love Me)
1997 Oscar Awards: nomination for 'Best Art Direction'
1997 Oscar Awards: nomination for 'Best Cinematography'
1997 Oscar Awards: nomination for 'Best Film Editing'
1997 Oscar Awards: nomination for 'Best Sound'

1997 Golden Globes: award for 'Best Motion Picture'
1997 Golden Globes: award for 'Best Song' (You Must Love Me)
1997 Golden Globes: award for 'Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture' (Madonna)
1997 Golden Globes: nomination for 'Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture' (Antonio Banderas)
1997 Golden Globes: nomination for 'Best Director' (Alan Parker)

1997 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards: award for 'Favorite Song from a Movie' (Don't Cry For Me Argentina)
1997 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards: nomination for 'Favorite Actrice (Madonna)
1997 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards: nomination for 'Favorite Soundtrack'

1997 Golden Satellite Awards: award for 'Best Motion Picture'
1997 Golden Satellite Awards: award for 'Best Costume Design'
1997 Golden Satellite Awards: award for 'Outstanding Original Song' (You Must Love Me)
1997 Golden Satellite Awards: nomination for 'Outstanding Art Direction'
1997 Golden Satellite Awards: nomination for 'Outstanding Cinematography'

1997 MTV Movie Awards: nomination for 'Best Female Performance (Madonna)
1997 MTV Movie Awards: nomination for 'Best Movie Song (Don't Cry For Me Argentina)

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