UTR: In the Time of the Butterflies (2001)

Posted: March 14, 2014 in Joe Giambrone
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In_the_Time_of_the_Butterflies_FilmPoster

This 2001 production tells the story of the Mirabal sisters who went up against the dictator of the Dominican Republic, Trujillo.

Edward James Olmos plays the lecherous, bloodthirsty tyrant in an understated, restrained manner.  These three daughters of Dominica would challenge the legitimacy of the thug and inspire a national revolution.  This is truly an anti-fascist film, and we could use more like it.  The editing and scenes flow smoothly and quickly.  The vignettes advance as the story of Latin America plays out, a monster set against his own people.

The film is an adaptation of a novel of the same name by Julia Alvarez.

Treat, the film is up on Hulu right now.

4.5/5

 

P.S.

Hey look at that, how surprising:

“From the beginning of the military assistance program in fiscal 1952 through fiscal 1961, the total value of U.S. military deliveries to the Dominican Republic was approximately $6.1 million…”
-The Trujillo Regime and the Cold War

 

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