re: Film director/screenwriter ("Evita") Alan Parker has died
Posted by: Michael_Portantiere 02:44 pm EDT 08/01/20
In reply to: Film director/screenwriter ("Evita") Alan Parker has died - Ann 09:45 am EDT 08/01/20

***The most terrifying film I had seen at the time, "Midnight Express"***

I can certainly understand why you felt that way. At the risk of stating the obvious, the terror in that movie is all the more powerful because it's real-life terror based on a true experience -- even if some details were exaggerated, and I really don't think they were.

I've loved several of Parker's films, and have always appreciated his versatility. Whatever the flaws of the EVITA film, and even if one has strongly negative feelings about Madonna's performance, I think the movie is an exceptionally well directed film adaptation of a stage musical in so many ways -- the spectacular location filming, the camera work, the editing, the pacing, the excellence of the screenplay adaptation, etc

As I recall, the only strange flaw in the direction is when Parker cuts to a VERY long shot just as Madonna launches into the first chorus of "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina." I've never been able to figure out why he did that. Some non-fans of Madonna have suggested it's because her acting is inadequate, but of course, the camera is fairly close on her in much of the rest of the song, and I really think it needed to be much closer for the first statement of the most famous part of that song.

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