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Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo

The book Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo was made into the movie Frida.

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Book details for Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo

Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo was written by Hayden Herrera. The book was published in 1983. More information on the book is available on Amazon.com.

 

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Hailed by readers and critics across the country, this engrossing biography of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo reveals a woman of extreme magnetism and originality, an artist whose sensual vibrancy came straight from her own experiences: her childhood near M... Read More

Hailed by readers and critics across the country, this engrossing biography of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo reveals a woman of extreme magnetism and originality, an artist whose sensual vibrancy came straight from her own experiences: her childhood near Mexico City during the Mexican Revolution; a devastating accident at age eighteen that left her crippled and unable to bear children; her tempestuous marriage to muralist Diego Rivera and intermittent love affairs with men as diverse as Isamu Noguchi and Leon Trotsky; her association with the Communist Party; her absorption in Mexican folklore and culture; and her dramatic love of spectacle.

Here is the tumultuous life of an extraordinary twentieth-century woman -- with illustrations as rich and haunting as her legend.

Movie details for Frida

The movie was released in 2002 and directed by Julie Taymor. Frida was produced by Miramax Home Entertainment. More information on the movie is available on Amazon.com and also IMDb.

Actors on this movie include Salma Hayek, Mía Maestro, Amelia Zapata, Alejandro Usigli, Diego Luna, Alfred Molina, Lucia Bravo, Valeria Golino, Patricia Reyes Spíndola, Loló Navarro, Roger Rees, Fermín Martínez, Roberto Medina, Ashley Judd, Antonio Banderas, Lila Downs, Martha Claudia Moreno, Maria Ines Pintado, Aida López and Ivana Sejenovich.

 

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Salma Hayek makes up for many bad movies with her fierce performance in this sumptuous film. Hayek plays the Mexican surrealist painter Frida Kahlo, whose tempestuous life with her unfaithful husband, muralist Diego Rivera (Alfred Molina), drives the s... Read More
Salma Hayek makes up for many bad movies with her fierce performance in this sumptuous film. Hayek plays the Mexican surrealist painter Frida Kahlo, whose tempestuous life with her unfaithful husband, muralist Diego Rivera (Alfred Molina), drives the story of Frida. Maverick director Julie Taymor (Titus, the Broadway stage production of The Lion King) pulls out a wealth of gorgeous visuals to capture everything from the horrific bus accident that damaged Kahlo's spine to her and Rivera's trip to New York City, where Rivera's political leanings ruptured a commission from the Rockefeller family. Though the script spends too much time telling us how great Frida's painting is (rather than trusting in the power of the images themselves), Taymor's dynamic energy and Kahlo's forceful personality give Frida genuine emotional impact. The superb cast includes Roger Rees, Valeria Golino, Ashley Judd, Geoffrey Rush, Antonio Banderas, and Edward Norton. --Bret Fetzer