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An extraordinary look into the controversial political career of Imelda Marcos. As the former first lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos is best known for her opulent lifestyle, but it was her behind-the-scenes influence of her husband's presidency that rocketed her to the global political forefront. A journey through the Marcos family's long history of corruption, extravagance and brutality, this documentary tells a cautionary tale of a powerful female leader whose questionable sense of reality divided a nation.Written by
This is a fascinating watch. If Disney were ever to create an idealistic, Utopian fantasy environment in which a real person lived, Imedla Marcos would have to be the occupant. She demonstrates here quite clearly how far adrift from reality she, and her attitudes actually are. Lauren Greenfield has done wonders getting active participation from the acutely politically savvy subject who engages, seriously and genuinely, despite the obvious flaws in her appraisal of her (and of her husband, President Ferdinand E. Marcos) past and of her vision for the future of the Philippines for both herself and her family - particularly vice-presidential candidate-son "Bong Bong". Luckily, her contributions are tempered by some excellent use of news footage and more rational contributions from contemporaries, scholars and journalists alike who provide a more balanced - and not always critical - summary of her 21 year rule. Certainly the USA was not alone in indulging despotic regimes during the cold war; but perhaps because she is one of the last of these maniacal individuals to survive, we are presented with the blatant excesses of their lifestyle with almost an almost incredible sense of "how the hell"...
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