Most people outside the Philippines know that Imelda Marcos garnered thousands of pairs of shoes while her and her husband Ferdinand ruled the Philippines. They don't know much else about her, and that's where the new documentary Imelda comes in. This is a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at a woman completely in love with herself. Marcos was a major part of the documentary initially, sitting down for extended interviews and the like, but eventually sued (unsuccessfully) to stop its release overseas. After watching Imelda, it's easy to see why. Marcos comes across as deluded and out-of-touch with her country, and reality in general. It helps that that director Ramona S. Diaz (Spirits Rising) took pains to interview supporters and detractors of Marcos and her husband. From all points of view, it's still clear that Marcos is not all right in the head.
Marcos' reason for her opulent style was to show her country that somebody could succeed. She wanted to be a role model for everybody less well off then her and her husband. Who cares that she spent enormous amounts of money on extravagant clothes while many citizens had little to nothing. Her actions come across as narcissistic. She championed many projects she felt would catapult the Philippines into modernity, like a film complex, state of the art hospitals, and the like. However, many citizens cared little for these pet projects or could not afford them. Was she truly so dense as not to realize this? She was probably more enamored with her vanity. As time grew on, it was like she believed all she said about herself, and elevated herself to something of a national idol. The ironic thing is, that despite everything that happened, she was still adored by a huge portion of the population.
|Mongoose Rates It: Not Bad.|
|1 hour, 43 minutes, English and some Tagalog with English subtitles, Not Rated but probably a PG-13 or possibly PG.|
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