MANILA, Philippines -- A movie, which debuts Friday in the Philippines, was once banned by former first lady Imelda Marcos because it starred an American actress who said she was Ferdinand Marcos's mistress.
The 90-minute film 'Maharlika' stars actress Dovie Beams, who claimed she had an affair with Marcos during filming in Manila in 1971.
Imelda Marcos banned the film from being shown in the Philippines and the company that made the movie went bankrupt.
In a widely covered news conference in 1971, Beams claimed Marcos bought her a $300,000 home in an exclusive subdivision where she said the couple met to have sex.
During the alleged romance, University of Philippines radio broadcast what it said were tape recordings of Marcos crooning native Filipino love songs to Beams while the couple was in bed.
'I was summoned to Malacanang (the presidential palace) by the first lady and ordered not to show the film,' Luis Nepomuceno, the movie producer, said in an interview Thursday with United Press International.
'She kept me there for six hours, telling me all about the unsavory reputation of this star,' he said. 'She was in tears. What really bothered her was that Dovie Beams said at her press conference that Imelda was no longer attractive to her husband.'
Nepomuceno said Imelda then 'closed down' his production house. 'The government bank dangled loans in front of us, saying Mrs. Marcos had pity on us for all the money we had lost.
'The bank then foreclosed on us,' he said.
Nepomuceno, who said all he has been able to do is keep his 'head above water' since then, said he feels 'pity' for the former first lady, who lives in exile in Hawaii with her husband following a civilian-backed military revolt that ended Marcos's rule last February.
The movie will be shown once only Friday at a Manila theater. 'People will go see it only to see what Marcos saw in Beams,' the producer said.
The movie chronicles the story of a World War II Filipino guerrilla leader who becomes one of the country's top politicians. The film was thought to have been loosely based on the life of Marcos.
'Maharlika,' which means 'noble' in the Philippine language Tagalog, was named after Marcos's alleged World War II underground intelligence unit. Marcos's wartime career, however, was called into question in December 1985 after records from the U.S. archives showed most of his medals were fake.