Saturday, 13 May 2017
680 Evita Peron
First viewed : 29 August 1984
I'm quite surprised this was late as 1984 ( though it was broadcast in the US in 1981 ).
Evita Peron was a dramatised account of the short life of Argentina's former First Lady and gave you a chance to learn about it without any dreadful musical accompaniment. Faye Dunaway, only just about able to play the teenaged Eva, was the star.
The mini-series was in two parts and I watched parts of both without being fully engaged. I recall the scene in the first part where young Eva wrangles her way into the railway carriage of a tango singer and then seems surprised when he starts undressing her without even asking her name.
The second part had Faye in fine scenery-chewing form , portraying Eva as a revenge-crazed harpy when she wasn't making histrionic balcony speeches lauding her fascist husband. It wasn't easy to watch.