Don’t Cry For Me Argentina

August 7, 2015

Anything I know about Eva Perón, I learned from Madonna. It was 1997 when the film came out, and my friend Zelmira and I were living in Florence. We’d found a small cinema, inside a 15th-century palazzo near Piazza della Repubblica that played English films, and that’s where we watched Evita. The seats were upholstered in a gold velvet, not unlike Madonna’s opulent Parisian gowns. Her wardrobe in the film was exquisite. In terms of favourite movie closets, hers (alongside Rachel Mcadams‘ in The Notebook and Cate Blanchett in Cinderella) tops my list. Long after the film credits rolled, Zelmira and I sang the songs –– another suitcase, in another hall –– ad nauseam. The other day, I heard a song playing with a similar melody. And as I walked on, I couldn’t help it, another suitcase in another hall.

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