Frida

Frida

DVD - 2014
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The life of artist Frida Kahlo, from her humble upbringing to her worldwide fame and controversy that surrounded both her and her husband, Diego Rivera.

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Punnoval
Nov 13, 2018

Quasi-documentaries about artists/writers are notoriously hard to do as their ideas/feelings don't extend to screen performances easily. That is the main problem with Frida. The director (Taymor) instead chooses to concentrate on sex, drinking and (to a lesser extent) physical pain with out a great deal of success. The politics are especially problematic. Why are Rivera/Kahlo members of the Trotskyite version of the Communist party? You get no feel for it here and their politics seems as staid as that in Hilary Clinton's Democratic party. The only plus for this picture is that it inspires some desire to find out more about Kahlo's life.
Perhaps a film-maker using magic realism might have been able to do something with this. It certainly would have been interesting seeing if the Thai master Apichatpong Weerasethakul could have made this tale like his 2006 item "Syndromes and a Century". Even the present director (Taymor) might have taken inspiration from the past and cast it as a puppet show.

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oktexchic
Mar 01, 2018

The 2 lead actors are great. Something about the Latin women .. full of life and passion.

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JeanieG
May 06, 2017

This movie was disappointing. I had expected a much more in depth telling of this woman's sadly very short life. But the movie, like many Hollywood tellings of real events, just hit on the things they thought an audience would enjoy. If you really want to know about her life read a biography. Also, it struck me that a woman so much pain and with so many ailments had so many affairs. But those affairs may have been more intellectual and romantic than the movie depicts.

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1SuzieQ
Jan 09, 2015

Salma Hayek is incredible as Frida. No one could have done it better. I understand the art of Frida Kahlo better after having seen the film. Interesting story. Visually well done film. Excellent performances by all artists involved. Some of the extras in regard to the making of the film are worth watching as well. Not a movie for teens or young children. Adult themes throughout including a fair amount of nudity and sexual content.

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ncs1961
Mar 15, 2014

beautiful to look at. DVD in poor condition, so difficult to follow story

d2013 May 23, 2013

Artistically well done. Salma Hayek was outstanding in this role. Loved it!

mamiuno Feb 11, 2013

luv it

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Marcell_Murray
Jan 21, 2013

I respected the visual conception of her art, before and after the depression and her life as a whole. Unfortunately, the promiscuous behavior grit my teeth and it was clearly depicted in her life and was one of her Achilles heels if I'm the only one who saw it. Overall, 4/5 Stars.

EuSei Sep 15, 2012

Depiction of the lives of two communists: Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón and Diego Rivera. Frieda called the US "gringolandia," had affairs with other women (even her husband's mistresses), and once said: "I was a member of the [communist] Party before I met Diego and I think I am a better communist than he is or ever will be." Nuff said!

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IHateThisCrap
Sep 01, 2012

Love this movie, cuz I love Frida Kahlo. Don't care about her politics, just about her art and her life. She was a true goddess.

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EuSei May 17, 2011

"It was just a f*ck. I've given more affection in a handshake." Diego Rivera (Here's another character Hollywood believes worth a movie!)

EuSei May 17, 2011

"Sex is like pissing. People take it much too seriously." Frieda Khalo (And that's the woman Hollywood considers worth of a movie!)

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