Imelda (2009)

Imelda (2009)



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The debut feature from documentary filmmaker Ramona S. Diaz, Imelda is a profile of one of the most famous and powerful women in recent international history. As told by the woman herself, the film traces the life of Imelda Marcos, focusing intently on her time as the first lady of The Philippines. In addition to accounts from Marcos and her personal associates, the film presents contrasting views of the past from journalists and political adversaries. Imelda had its North American premiere at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.
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Critic Reviews for Imelda

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (16)

Makes up for what it lacks in political and historical depth by providing a stunning study in the sheer imperviousness of the unchecked and over empowered ego.

Full Review… | October 1, 2004
Toronto Star
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Mostly it's Marcos' mysterious sway over those who stood to lose the most from her power, coupled with her amazing inability to face that fact, that makes Imelda maddeningly fascinating.

Full Review… | August 19, 2004
Los Angeles Times
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Diaz's portrait of Imelda Marcos attempts to get beyond the shoe thing, into the gothic heart of 40 years of Philippine politics.

Full Review… | August 19, 2004
L.A. Weekly
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At its most acridly useful when comparing the former first lady's recollections with others' less sanguine memories.

Full Review… | August 6, 2004
Boston Globe
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Even though Marcos, in this film, provides enough material for a few hundred giggles and head-shakings, she also shows a pathetically human side.

Full Review… | July 16, 2004
Washington Post
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In addition to being a shrewd character study, Diaz's sharply assembled film reminds us that charm can be as toxic as anything else when it comes to acquiring, holding and abusing power.

June 18, 2004
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Audience Reviews for Imelda

What a train wreck. I couldn't take my eyes off of this piece. I can't believe that this woman still has any political support. Proves that someone will admire someone merely for the fact of being famous.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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This was really good, but later on it kinda becomes weird and Imelda starts sounding a bit strange. I don't remember if the movie went into the Marcos crimes but I didn't find it as a brainwashing kind of film that paints the pair as innocents.

Lene .
Lene .

They called her the "Steel Butterfly", my family called her Tita Meldy when I was growing up...but after seeing this, I just call her cuckoo. This film is a tightly edited, well-paced doc - I've seen it twice. If you don't know much about this colorful, very powerful and desperately deluded political figure, you will learn a lot about her and the culture & history of the Philippines.

Jocelyn Gonzales
Jocelyn Gonzales

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