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Unrated | | Documentary | Episode aired 10 May 2005
A "beyond the shoes" documentary on the former first lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos.


Ramona S. Diaz
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Episode credited cast:
Imelda Marcos ... Self
Ferdinand Marcos Jr. ... Self
Imee Marcos Imee Marcos ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fe Bautista Fe Bautista ... Self
Stephen Bosworth Stephen Bosworth ... Self
Phil Bronstein Phil Bronstein ... Self
Behn Cervantes Behn Cervantes ... Self
Rudolfo Cuenca Rudolfo Cuenca ... Self
Lester Cuo Lester Cuo ... Self
Josie Vergel de Dios Josie Vergel de Dios ... Self
Jaime De Joya Jaime De Joya ... Self
Conrado de Quiros Conrado de Quiros ... Self
Ruel De Vera Ruel De Vera ... Self
Katherine Ellison Katherine Ellison ... Self
Christian Espiritu Christian Espiritu ... Self


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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Alternately laugh out loud funny and stomach turning...
3 March 2005 | by ilpintlSee all my reviews

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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10 May 2005 (USA) See more »

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$24,077, 13 June 2004

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