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re: I don't think Evita gets enough credit for its contributions to the rebirth of the movie musical.
Last Edit: Delvino 09:54 pm EDT 08/02/20
Posted by: Delvino 09:53 pm EDT 08/02/20
In reply to: I don't think Evita gets enough credit for its contributions to the rebirth of the movie musical. - DanielVincent 03:40 pm EDT 08/01/20

Who else in the NYC area recalls the advance ticket sales? I went to the opening day (Dec. 26 or 27th if memory serves), the big, premium space on B'way/Upper West Side. I got tickets 10 days in advance, and most performances sold out. It was a spectacularly beautiful film, marred only by the music not shaking the rafters. It needed to feel big, explosive at times, and the soundtrack, even on pristine equipment just didn't have enough power to my ears. Here we had an MTV star in the lead, and the mix in the print was too respectful. Plus, a number like "Buenos Aires" begged for a splashy Madonna performance, and it was edited poorly, no build, no sexual energy, heat or perspiration; afraid to look like a musical number. Small quibble, along with some of Madonna's lesser work (the middle scenes with Pryce, you can see her discomfort with the contact lenses and not having enough intention in scenes; once he's elected, she's at her best). Mostly, it works, and Bandaras doesn't get much credit, either. The great cinematographer, Darius Khondji, did exquisite work.
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