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Reel Story: Evita

Tom Symmons follows the real life of Eva Perón, whose poverty-to-politics story inspired the smash musical


Release date: 1996

Director: Alan Parker

Cast: Madonna, Jonathan Pryce, Antonio Banderas, Jimmy Nail

Glamorous, passionate, charismatic and ruthlessly ambitious, Eva Perón, born María Eva Duarte on 7 May 1919, had all the qualities needed to rise up and become an influential figure in her home country of Argentina. And Eva made quite the rise, starting life, as she did, in the depths of poverty and ending up the most powerful woman in the country, as its First Lady.

During her meteoric rise, she became a leading and incredibly beloved political figure. Ardent in her efforts to alleviate the biggest problems faced by the poor and to support the campaign for women’s suffrage, she was considered a living saint by millions of Argentinians, who fondly called her ‘Evita’ (little Eva). She was not without her critics, however, who claimed she was driven by a callous desire to succeed.

Her dazzling life story, full of controversy and no small amount of sex appeal, became the subject of the epic musical hit, Evita 1996, adapted from the stage production by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. With a heartfelt performance by Madonna, the movie bagged many awards, and brought Eva’s tale to a new generation.

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