Director: Julie Taymor Cast: Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, Geoffrey Rush

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The life of an uncompromising, iconoclastic artist has never seemed as rote and inevitable as it does in Julie Taymor's Frida, an intermittently engaging but wholly ordinary biography that wouldn't be out of place premiering on a basic-cable channel. Ticking off the events in Kahlo's life like a grade-school filmstrip, Frida's screenplay -- credited to no less than four writers, not including the purported rewrites from Ed Norton -- is full of clumsy passage-of-time indicators and halting, expository dialogue. Luckily, the performers manage to bring it alive somewhat: Though notably lacking in the kind of mythic swagger Kahlo requires, Salma Hayek digs into her long-gestating "role of a lifetime" with vigor. Better yet is Alfred Molina's Diego Rivera, who threatens to swallow the movie whole (both figuratively and literally). To her credit, Taymor attempts to infuse Frida with the kind of broad, expressionistic strokes she lent 2000's Titus -- the movie is nothing if not lush. Cinematographer Rodrigo Pietra renders Mexico as a paradise of reds, blues, and greens, playing up the contrasts between Kahlo's homeland and the steely, blue-gray New York sequences. But however brilliant they often are, Taymor's directorial flourishes are just that, and Frida -- which by all accounts could've been as daring as Vincent and Theo or Before Night Falls -- never rises above standard bio-pic fare.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/31/2012
UPC: 0031398148562
Original Release: 2002
Rating: R
Source: Miramax Lionsgate
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 2:03:00
Sales rank: 21,627

Special Features

Salma Hayek conversation; Julie Taymore feature commentary; AFI Julie Taymor Q&A; Bill Moyers' Julie Taymor interview; Chavela Vargas interview; The vision, design and music of Frida; Salma's recording sessins; Real locations of Frida's life and art; Portrait of an artist; 2 visual effects pieces: "Amoeba Proteus," "The Brothers Quay"; The voice of Lila Downs

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Salma Hayek Frida Kahlo
Alfred Molina Diego Rivera
Geoffrey Rush Leon Trotsky
Ashley Judd Tina Modotti
Antonio Banderas David Alfaro Siqueiros
Edward Norton Nelson Rockefeller
Valeria Golino Lupe Marin
Mía Maestro Cristina Kahlo
Roger Rees Guillermo Kahlo
Patricia Reyes Spindola Matilde Kahlo
Saffron Burrows Gracie
Margarita Sanz Natalia Trotsky
Diego Luna Alejandro Gomez Arias

Technical Credits
Julie Taymor Director
Mark Amin Executive Producer
Françoise Bonnot Editor
Lindsay Flickinger Producer
Rodrigo García Screenwriter
Brian Gibson Executive Producer
Mark Gill Executive Producer
Elliot Goldenthal Score Composer
Sarah Green Producer
Nancy Hardin Producer
Salma Hayek Producer
John Jackson Makeup
Diane Lake Screenwriter
Jill Sobel Messick Executive Producer
Gregory Nava Screenwriter
Felipe Fernandez del Paso Production Designer
Margaret Rose Perenchio Executive Producer
Jay Polstein Producer
Rodrigo Prieto Cinematographer
Regina Reyes Makeup
Santiago Núñez Rojo Sound Mixer
Ann Ruark Co-producer
Clancy Sigal Screenwriter
Amy Slotnick Executive Producer
Roberto Sneider Producer
Lizz Speed Producer
Anna Thomas Screenwriter
Bernardo Trujillo Art Director
Julie Weiss Costumes/Costume Designer

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Frida 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
irishlois More than 1 year ago
Frida was a remarkable woman. It was discussed with me by a young mexican-american woman working in the music/video dept of B&N in McAllen, Texas. I am an artist and we started talking about Frida. I immediately ordered the video based on the clerks information and knowledge of the movie and life of Frida. I love the movie, even the sex scenes are part of the emotions of Frida in what she endured in her life of pain.It is political, romantic, ,moving and the beauty of Mexico. I cried at the end. Her art is her soul. If ever we could look into a soul and emotions of a human it would be Frida's.
LifeisSweet More than 1 year ago
Once you see it, you'll never forget it. It will make you want to explore further into the lives of the artists, and their art seems to take on new meaning.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Frida is the best movie of 2000 hand down. The acting, music, and photography are magic. I will see this on many times. It will transport you into the Mexico of the 1920's.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie last night for the first time and I loved it. I really related to it. I'm going to reccomend it to everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was amazing!! The cinematography was beautiful and original. This is not the Salma Hayek movie you're use to seeing. Salma should have received the Oscar for her riveting performance. She has proved that she is more than just a pretty face. Hollywood needs more strong and profound roles for women. Talented, intelligent, and strong willed women like Salma will be the the ones to deliver those roles to the big screen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is one of the best that I have ever seen. It has the ability to take you from your seat and dress you in the decor of the times the film portrays. It is the best work of Salma Hayek, a true portrayal of an artist, and an amazing portrayal of what a serious actress can do to bring art and film together back to life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best films I've seen--every aspect from the script, acting, actors, music, costuming, to the setting and staging. It is moving to see the phenomenal Salma and supporting actors live her difficult yet inspiring life--it sweeps the viewer into the story. I've long enjoyed Frida's art. Especially moving for me as I have seen Diego Rivera's mural in Detroit. This is a must-see for those who follow artists and their lives.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Salma showed she is not another one, she is THE ONE, the first mexican woman who knew how to give Hollywood what it wanted to see from the great latin culture. Maybe she didn't receive the Oscar but she caught the world's hearts. She acted as a very professional actress, actually she is but Hollywood hadn't realized about it till now, anyway, she is the best latin actress in USA nowadays.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After finishing the book that this movie was based on (Hayden Herrara's Frida Biography), I rushed out to see this movie. I was so disappointed! I thought the acting and actors were fine, and the f/x with Frida's paintings becoming ''real'' was original, but the story of her life was poorly portrayed by the script. It was as if the writers picked a few episodes from her life and threw them into the movie--there was no flow. Certain events were wrong (the miscarriage portrayed on screen happened in Detroit--not NYC--the painting she did of the miscarriage was called ''Henry Ford Hospital'') and her lesbian affairs were dramatized too much. It was with men she had her great love affairs. It seemed to be more of a ''Frida Kahlo as Diego Riveria the Communist's Wife'' movie than a portrayal of Frida the artist. I never saw her (salma Hayek) paint once! Stick with the book. Much better and not influenced by Hollywood.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Salma Hayek's performance as Frida Kahlo was PHENOMENAL! The role of Frida has a breathtaking range: we get to see a woman from age 18 to her mid-forties. Her emotions. Her gutsiness. Her creativity, while surrounded by riotously vivid colours. This film is a masterpiece! Favorite scene: Frida and Tina (Ashley Judd) dancing the tango. In 1962, Rita Moreno won an Oscar. SALMA HAYEK OUGHT TO BE THE FIRST LATINA TO WIN IN 41 YEARS! On Nicole: it IS about the nose. NOTHING HAPPENS! On Renee: Roxie's OK, but that's it. On Diane: great actress, but I didn't like the story. On Julianne: I'm not into 1950's retro. And the Oscar goes to Salma!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Salma Hayak is brilliant!!!! She worked so gruelingly on this project that no number of awards could possibly ever be enough. Suffice it to say, that she has made a movie that will become an all-time classic. Her vision, her passion, and her study of Frida Kahlo will transcend all our life times. This movie has accomplished in a motion picture what Kahlo achieved in her paintings.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Salma has wonderfully potrayed Kahlo's grace, beauty, courage and artistic values. This movie is fantastic proving that Kahlo was the best of her times and as well all.
PreMortem More than 1 year ago
She's QUITE the excellent director! The scenes were picturesque and awe-inspiring. I think Frida herself would've been pleased to see such a beautiful film. I felt as if I knew Frida personally by the time the film had ended. It was just that genuine. I've seen some biographies that seem stretched or watered down, as if, no one had really invested much heart or interest in this very real human being's backround.
this was definitely NOT one of those said films lol.

I was left with a longing to want to know more about Kahlo. I believe that's what makes a truly good film: a cinematic quality that encourages further exploration upon the subject.

I recommend the other 2 films that she has directed, as well. The visuals are always stunning and never predictable!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading endless books about Frida Kahlo i thought the movie could not possibly give this incredible woman justice. BOY! was i wrong this movie portrays Frida and Diego perfectly, when i saw the movie i even forgot it was Salma on screen...she embodied Frida and brought her back to life. The living art scenes were magnificent, Julie Taymor should have at least recieved a best director nod for this movie, but when all is said and done Salma steals the show...I think Frida would have been proud. And the music throughout the film is also wonderful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The film tells the true story of Frida Kahlo. The people who did not like her paintings will start to understand her emotions and pain. You will see the truth behind her paintings. The visual effects that are used for the movie will surprise you. Also these visual effects will let you travel and live with Frida Kahlo. Director Julie Taymor¿s pragmatism made the movie striking. Salma Hayek played Frida Kahlo by heart and became her spirit. Although not everything that happened to Kahlo was in the movie, so do not expect all details from her life. Don¿t forget she had a very colorful and full life for 47 years. If you like see and understand Kahlo's surreal world, run to the store and rent the movie now. You will not be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
“Frida” is based on the life of Mexican self-portraitist Frida Kahlo. Hayek acts the part well, although the movie is not 100% biographically accurate. In addition to depicting her life and life of her husband, muralist Diego Rivera, the movie also shows cultural and political aspects of Mexican life in the early to mid 1900s. Rivera is a communist, and even shelters Marxist-theorist Leon Trotsky when he is exiled from the Soviet Union. His radical liberalism was never accepted by the traditional Kahlo family. “Frida” is also a good example of the machismo culture of many Latin-American countries. Rivera's many affairs, while heartbreaking to Frida, are socially accepted and there is not much she can do to stop it. The animations are unique and original, the parts well casted, and the history brought to life. I recommend this movie not only to art history buffs, but also to those who are curious about Mexican culture and history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago