December 25, 1996 |
Somewhere, Eva Peron must be laughing. After a production history as complex and torturous as the internal politics of Argentina, with enough potential participants as either stars or directors to fill a military junta, the filmed version of "Evita" has turned out to be--surprise!--a filmed version of "Evita."
January 13, 2007 |
The arrest Friday of former Argentine President Isabel Peron in Spain signaled an expansion of human rights cases here beyond the former military junta to the epoch of ex-strongman Juan Domingo Peron, father of Argentina's ruling party. The 75-year-old former president, whose full name is Maria Estela Martinez de Peron, was arrested at her home near Madrid after a federal judge in Argentina issued a warrant for her detention, officials said.
November 4, 1992 |
William Weber Johnson, a teacher, journalist and historian who specialized in writing about Mexico, the rugged Old West and the characters who prowled those colorful lands, has died. Johnson, a former Time-Life reporter, was 82 when he died in a San Diego hospital. His wife, Elizabeth, told the Associated Press he had died Monday of complications of emphysema. Johnson was the author of 11 books, among them a 1960 biography he called "Kelly Blue."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 1992
Beginning in 1945 and continuing for some years after, hundreds--possibly thousands--of German and Austrian Nazi war criminals were quietly granted official protection in Argentina. Their journey from the ruins of Hitler's Third Reich to the comforts of President Juan Peron's Argentina had been carefully prepared, with a well-financed escape network in place by the time of Germany's defeat.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 1987
Argentina's President Raul Alfonsin took a giant step over the weekend toward easing his countrymen's fear of military coups when he faced down a rebellion by junior officers who objected to his human-rights policies. Argentina has suffered through six such coups since 1930, the most recent and bloodiest in 1976.
May 4, 1996 |
Before the movie version takes over the public's notion of what "Evita" is all about, the Theater League is offering another look at the dynamic stage musical that generated the film. Now in Thousand Oaks and next week in Glendale, this "Evita" demonstrates again how transfixing Andrew Lloyd Webber's best show can be. Unlike much of his later work, "Evita" conspicuously lacks the sense that crowd-pleasing was the first priority.
June 24, 1993 |
She's short. She's got a bleached blond 'do. And tongues have been wagging about her clout. "It's all very well, for the lady at the side of the President," the chorus of malcontents sing, "to show an interest in affairs. . . . She holds no elected post. She's an ornament at most." Hillary Rodham Clinton, right? Wrong. Eva Peron, the first lady of Argentine dictator Juan Peron and an icon in her day, was raising eyebrows four decades before the Clintonistas set up camp in the White House.
January 3, 1997 |
Not surprisingly, some critics have been as merciless in their attacks on the movie "Evita" as many were half a century ago on the real-life Evita, nee Eva Duarte. There was no middle ground then or now. One either loved or hated Evita and, it seems, one either loves or hates "Evita." Why was she so hated? The answers lie in the thick tapestry of myths, half-truths and lies about her. Evita rose from a poor, fatherless home, to become the mistress and wife of Argentine strongman Juan Peron.
April 13, 1992 |
Poor Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega. As if these legal problems weren't enough, you have to wonder if he's given any thought to changing his name. Not the Manuel Noriega part, but his first name--as given to him by the press: Panamanian strongman. He's not the first to be tagged this way. After all, there was Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, globe-trotting diplomat Henry Kissinger and Marxist President Salvador Allende of Chile.
July 19, 1990 |
The sardonic bystander-narrator, Che, describes her as "the greatest social climber since Cinderella." "All I want," she explains, "is a whole lot of excess." So goes the story of Eva Duarte, a sometime singer and actress who rose from society's lower ranks to marry Juan Peron and become the first lady of Argentina before dying of cancer in 1952 at the age of 33. And that's the subject of "Evita," by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice.