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Eva Peron

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Argentina offers its own image of Evita - 1997 Academy Awards/Argentine Selection - She was neither a saint nor a devil. - No woman, before or since, has possessed as much magnetism and influence as Eva "Evita" Peron. During the 1950s, she was the most powerful woman in the Americas - capturing the heart and soul of the poor, whose causes she championed until her tragic death at age 33. EVA PERON beautifully chronicles Evita's stormy, passionate life, which brought so much hope to Argentina in an age of political power struggles, bloody coups, military oppression, and economic depression.

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  • Actors: Esther Goris, Víctor Laplace, Cristina Banegas, Pepe Novoa, Irma Córdoba
  • Directors: Juan Carlos Desanzo
  • Writers: José Pablo Feinmann
  • Producers: Hugo E. Lauría, María de la Paz Marino
  • Format: Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Cinemateca
  • DVD Release Date: January 13, 2004
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00013D4DG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,137 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Eva Peron" on IMDb

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Parodi TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 9, 2003
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Eva Peron was born in rural Argentina in 1919. At the age of 15 she made her way to the capital, Buenos Aires, to pursue her dreams of cinema stardom. By 26 she was the first lady of the nation, becoming the liaison between the people of Argentina and her husband, Juan Peron. She presided over the creation of the Eva Peron Foundation, the first real welfare system the nation had ever seen (for the first time in Argentine history there was no inequality in health care), created entire cities where thousands of homes were given to the impoverished, pushed for legislation that benefited women (including granting women the right to vote), and challenged just about every notion Latin America had about women's roles, defying even her husband's requests that she slow down.
Argentine director Juan Carlos Desanzo has decided to focus on the years 1951-52 in Evita's life. She has decided that she would like to become the first female vice president in her country's history, the first in world history. But she has two adversaries: the oligarchy, who would be horrified to see a woman of her "common" background officially recognized; the military, who would not stand for the possibility of a female commander in the event of their president's death. Can Evita, with the wild enthusiasm of the people for her candidacy, defeat them? Will her husband support her bid? The majority of EVA PERON is devoted to posing and answering these questions.
Is this the definitive version of Evita? There is no way to know for sure. But I can assure you that the producers succeeded in their attempt to offer a counter-point to the Madonna version, to put more substance to the story. In fact, it's hard to believe the respective movies concern the same figure. Argentine actress Esther Goris brings Eva Peron to life, amazingly making human a woman who has become superhuman, an archetype, a legend, and a myth.
Andrew Parodi
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By E. Valero on June 27, 2005
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This Argentine feature was release around the same time as Alan Parker's film version of the hit musical "Evita". For those interested in learning about Argentina's controversial first lady, I recommend both films. Desanzo's version is lower-budget and therefore not as spectacular as Parker's interpretation, but "Eva Perón" is more historically accurate and fair in it's treatment of Evita. At least when compared to what has been written about her in a historical context.

The film deals with the final stages of Eva Perón's life. It chronicles her bid for the vice-presidency and her illness in detail. Other stages of her short life, childhood, artistic years, etc, are seen in flashbacks.

My only (minor) complaint lies with, surprisingly, Esther Goris. I say surprisingly because her performance is great (more on this a little later) and she does resemble Eva Perón during her final stages but when playing the younger Eva Duarte de Perón or the actress Eva Duarte, Goris doesn't even come close in her resemblance. Maybe it's because I have seen one too many pictures of the historical woman pre-1950 (before her disease) and the differences in physical appearance are too apparent. The real Eva's beauty was more radiant, her hair more elaborate and her body was more voluptuous in those earlier years. Goris is too thin, to abrasive and does not possess the softness that is evident in pictures or newsreel footage of the young Evita during her earlier years as the First Lady. I usually have difficulties watching a bio-film when the leading actor does not resemble the person they are portraying. I had a similar problem with Leonardo DiCaprio portraying Howard Hughes in "The Aviator".

Goris's voice and personality are also too over-bearing.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Tea and Literature on April 19, 2005
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I recently recieved this as part of a birthday gift after purchasing Andrew Lloyd Webber's EVITA a few months previous to it. While I found Webber's version a bit dry with substance it led me to this DVD which provided me with an understanding to how Argentina viewed their political figure.

Unlike Webber's version, the Director shows Evita in several political situations, such as meeting a woman from the Charity Association, and talking to the railroad workers when they begin a strike. Also unlike Webber's version, the director in this one concentrated solely on Eva's vice presidency which Webber short-changed during the filming of his Evita.

Ester Goris, looks impressively like the real Evita and also has the ability to show emotions very well. For example, when Peron ignores Evita going up for the vice presidency she launchs into a tirade about how she has been discriminated against all her life, and when Eva finds out about her cancer Ester calmly sits down in front of a mirror before striking it four times with her fist.

I highly recommend this movie as a resource to all Evita fans who have a project or are just curious about the life and death of Eva Peron.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tom on March 4, 2008
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I give this five stars for the performance by Ester Goris, she is riveting as Eva Peron. Like other reviewers stated it is not idolizing or demonizing her. It is a good insight into how tough Eva can be. One key scene to watch is when she has a luncheon with a Marxist ally that respects her but will not kowtow, and she is impressed with that. She states then "Maybe I'm just a dictator" and he replies "dictatorship without revolution is just a dictatorship..nothing more", it makes her think on the course she is taking, and influences her.
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