|7093||Evita*||EVITA*||1996||color||134 min||vhs|| (Directed by Alan Parker, screenplay by Alan Parker and Oliver Stone, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Tim Rice; with Madonna, Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Pryce) No matter what one thinks of ALW's pedestrian music, Alan Parker and his three stars have crafted a beautiful film which explores, while it entertains, the life of Eva Peron, the "Virgin" Mary of Argentina. One of the singular joys of the film is Banderas' portrayal of Che as he continually questions, as many should have, Evita's methods and motives. And we don't question either as Madonna rises, ever-triumphant, above the material she has to work with--much like Eva herself. Perhaps one wonders after viewing it, why? Why so much effort? But then, we're glad they did! For where else can we, as North Americans, even begin to grasp the almost religious devotion of Argentina to this woman. Iconography is often the most difficult language to translate. Here it is totally understandable.
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