Frida (DVD, 2011)

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Brilliant colors that bring Frida Kahlo's Mexico City to vibrant life combine with a captivating performance by Salma Hayek to make director Julie Taymor's FRIDA a fascinating film. Starting and ending with Frida on her deathbed, the film spans the famous painter's life from her teenage years to her death at the young age of 47. From start to finish, Frida is portrayed as a relentlessly energized, self-righteous, headstrong, assertive woman. At the age of 18, Frida was horribly injured in a bus accident. Though she learned to walk again, she lived her life in physical agony, enduring multiple surgeries, and eventually needing a wheelchair. Yet her condition did not stop her from having an exciting, tumultuous life as the wife of famed artist and womanizer Diego Rivera, who mentored her in her own work and encouraged her passions. Frida had liberal views and socialist politics. She was bisexual and promiscuous. She drank, abused painkillers, sang and danced, and fearlessly poured her pain and beauty into her paintings. Taymor has created a lively and dramatically emotive film with FRIDA, capturing her endearing resiliency with color, music, and, of course, art.

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"...Salma Hayek and director Julie Taymor have infused FRIDA with a visual style unique and inherent to the titular character's paintings and in the process created a masterful work of art of their own..."
Box Office - Annlee Ellingson (10/01/2002)

"...Julie Taymor's robust and imaginative direction highlights Kahlo's passionate love for fellow painter Diego Rivera....Salma Hayek makes the character an icon of female independence, courage and nonconformity..."
Variety - Deborah Young (09/09/2002)

"...It honors the artist's brave, anarchic spirit....Ms. Hayek and Mr. Molina are both wonderfully charismatic..."
New York Times - A. O. Scott (10/25/2002)

"...Taymor sprinkles her movie with glittering miniature theater pieces..."
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum (11/01/2002)

"...Taymor brings Kahlo's art to life....This picture is a portrait of the artist as a human being -- volatile and passionate, but also decent and, yes, sane..."
Premiere - Glenn Kenny (12/01/2002)

"...Hayek's motivated performance saves the day...along with some inventive expressionistic flourishes..."
Total Film - Total Film Staff (11/01/2003)

"The film is inventive and gorgeously colored, from the opening shot of a peacock in a garden to later renderings of Kahlo's paintings as tableaux vivants."
Wall Street Journal (07/05/2012)

"...Taymor creates a vibrant world. Kahlo's surrealistic paintings come to multidimensional life in gorgeous ways, and the tale unfolds in brilliant hues as captivating as Kahlo and Rivera's art..."
USA Today - Claudia Puig (10/25/2002)

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