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Imelda (2003)

Unrated  |   |  Documentary, Biography  |  12 September 2009 (Japan)
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A "beyond the shoes" documentary on the former first lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos.

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Credited cast:
Imelda Marcos ...
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Ferdinand Marcos Jr. ...
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Imee Marcos ...
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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stephen Bosworth ...
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Phil Bronstein ...
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Behn Cervantes ...
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Rudolfo Cuenca ...
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Josie Vergel de Dios ...
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Conrado de Quiros ...
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Katherine Ellison ...
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Christian Espiritu ...
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Eva Estrada Kalaw ...
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Jose F. Lacaba ...
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Letty Locsin ...
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A "beyond the shoes" documentary on the former first lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos.

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Power, Myth, Illusion


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Initially, Imelda Marcos opposed the public showing of this film in the Philippines and even got a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) from a local court stopping it's public showing. Eventually she allowed the showing of the film on the condition the director dropped the word "Documentary" from the film. See more »

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Excerpt from Giselle Ballet Pantomine in Two Acts, Act II, Pas de Premieres Willis
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Alternately laugh out loud funny and stomach turning...
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Superb documentary on the hugely entertaining (her loopy theory of the cosmos and galactic order alone is worth the price of admission), absolutely appalling, diamond and shoe collecting former First Lady of the desperately poor Philippines. Apparently, Marcos attempted to block the doc's release in her home country, and one can see why. However, as she gets to speak throughout, she wasn't able to claim her words were taken out of context or that she was slandered. Happily for film-goers, her efforts to suppress the film failed. Documentarian Ramona Diaz combines archival news footage and interviews with Marcos sycophants, relatives, former employees, supporters and political opponents to present a very balanced and revelatory portrait of this truly ghastly woman, the epitome of small-town ambition run amok. Indeeed, this could be a biography of dictators anywhere. Having lived several years in the former Zaire during the era of the megalomaniac bandit Mobuto Sese Seko, I felt a thrill of recognition while watching the antics of the Marcoses. A needlepoint cushion on a sofa in Marcos' Park Avenue penthouse, one of her several international real-estate holdings, sums her up: "Better Nouveau than not Riche at all". In a chilling coda that proves people get the government they deserve and do not seem to learn from the past, Marcos' son and daughter win municipal elections and appear to be launching little political careers of their own.


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