Frida 2002

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This vibrant bio pic spans Mexican artist Frida Kahlo's life from to her death at 47. The wife of Diego Rivera, she was energetic, headstrong, liberal, bisexual and promiscuous. She drank and took painkillers, sang and danced and poured her pain into her paintings.

Starring:
Salma Hayek, Geoffrey Rush
Runtime:
1 hour 57 minutes

Frida

Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance
Director Julie Taymor
Starring Salma Hayek, Geoffrey Rush
Supporting actors Alfred Molina, Ashley Judd, Antonio Banderas, Mia Maestro
Studio Miramax
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Jun 2012
Format: Blu-ray
I had a feeling that this would be an exceptional BLU RAY reissue and I'm glad to be proven right.

The picture quality is uniformly gorgeous and highlights the vivid array of expertly researched detail the 150-strong production company filled every scene with - Mexican clothing, terracotta interiors, chaotic art studios and colonial South American buildings. Its default aspect is 1.78:1 - so it fills the entire screen without stretching or loss of clarity. You combine this with a sympathetically-written script, brilliant acting and a genuinely affecting and unfolding story (never mind the huge amount of EXTRAS transferred in full from the DVD - see list below) and the whole experience is a joy to re-watch and re-discover.

The first thing that strikes you about the print is that 'colour' is everywhere. It opens in Mexico in 1922 when Frida Kahlo is a precocious 15 year-old and able-bodied (before her horrific accident) and over the course of the movie progresses nearly 30 years hence - so lighting - textures - interiors - all have to be matched. The Blues, Reds, Yellows and Gold are full on and evoke a Mexico of the period (all beautifully done by Production Designer Felipe Fernandez - Oscar nominated for his work here).

The autobiographical nature of her art is captured in cleverly woven-in scenes and her painful injuries/nightmares are portrayed at times by grotesque animation peopled from her canvas creations. Frida suffered back pain all her life (an iron rod skewered her abdomen and uterus in the accident) and famously painted lying down with a mirror over her bed (she later had toes and a leg amputated due to her injuries). Yet she defied all expectations and after two years in casts managed to walk again.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 14 Oct 2004
Format: DVD
Artist Frida Kahlo's paintings are a visual diary of her life--as a revolutionary, as the wife of Diego Rivera, and as a woman in constant pain. Injured in a bus accident as a young woman, she endured over thirty surgeries, unremitting physical agony, and injuries which left her unable to bear a child, but she also endured the pain of a notoriously unfaithful husband. As she once told him, "There were two big accidents in my life. You are the worst."
Salma Hayek, as Frida, is both tough and vulnerable, showing Frida's spontaneous, physical approach to life and her passionate dedication--to Diego, to her hard-edged paintings, and to communist philosophy. Alfred Molina, as Diego, a man who "belongs only to himself," is warm, funny, often protective, and utterly impossible as a husband. An established muralist with many commissions when he first meets her, he encourages her artistic goals, explaining, "I paint what I see--the world outside. You paint from your heart." Married, divorced, and later remarried, Frida and Diego, as we see them here, are both mutually supportive and mutually destructive.
Hayden Herrera's biography of Frida is the basis for the Clancy Sigal and Diane Lake screenplay, which emphasizes Frida's pain and her ways of dealing with it--through drink, her work, and through sex, with both women and men, including Leon Trotsky, in exile in Mexico. The settings from the 1920s and 1930s are brilliantly colorful--a bright blue house with a garden of peacocks, monkeys, and colored birds; the worksites of Rivera's passionate and brightly colored murals; and locations in Mexico City and New York. Lively Mexican music plays throughout, with new music (Elliot Goldenthall) inserted to unify scenes, the piano music being especially memorable.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By S. Hebbron on 15 Jan 2005
Format: DVD
This film is a beautiful telling of the Frida Khalo story, a much misunderstood Mexican artist of the early 20th Century.
Frida is played exquisitely so as to truly convey the artists story, compassion, intelligence and great love and understanding of her own culture.
For me, Khalo's work is too often dismissed as quirky, troublesome and surreal. In this brilliantly worked film both director and leading lady work hard to connect the artisits life story, beliefs, passions and trauma's to her great body of work, with empathy and understanding.
The evolution of her art is sensitively juxtaposed agaisnt the major themes of her short life. Her work is seen for what it is, both competant and skillful and contextually rich with the courage to convey her emotional exploration of identity, belonging, dissapointment, greif, development and growth.
Frida is passionate and the film is so in tune with it's subject so as display Khalo the woman with great passion and sensitivity.
This film cleverly escapes the art world labels that have misrepresented Khalo, her art and her culture, for far too long.
The cinematography is stunning, particularly the surreal imagery which is so cleverly played as to ignite the stories richness and flavour in the way the paintings intended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peaches on 20 Mar 2008
Format: DVD
A bold and colourful film about the audacious and uncompromising Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, from her tram accident at 18, which left her with excruciating chronic pain, through her many affairs with both men and women, including Leon Troksy, and her tumultuous but enduring marriage to Mexican muralist, Diego Riviera.

Her life was full of circumstance and the pain and tragedies that she endured are imbued in her vibrant paintings.

Here, director Julie Taymore shows she is an extremely talented and accomplished director, displaying her artistic vision and skill, making fantastic use of colour, art and music.

Visually resplendent, this is an alluring film.
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