"Frida" chronicles the life Frida Kahlo shared unflinchingly and openly with Diego Rivera, as the young couple took the art world by storm. From her complex and enduring relationship with her mentor and husband to her illicit and controversial affair with Leon Trotsky, to her provocative and romantic entanglements with women, Frida Kahlo lived a bold and uncompromising life as a political, artistic, and sexual revolutionary.Written by
On 12 December 2017, the New York Times published an article by Salma Hayek detailing Harvey Weinstein's abusive behavior towards herself and Julie Taymor, including allegations of sexual misconduct involving Hayek, attempts to add sex to the film and refusal to support it once finished. On 14 December, Weinstein issued a statement denying most of the allegations. He did however acknowledge that his behavior towards Taymor at an early screening was "boorish" and that he had insisted on removing the "unibrow" Hayek had adopted to play Kahlo, not because he wanted the actress to have more sex appeal but "because it diverted attention from the performances". The statement broke a long public silence from Weinstein following a slew of similar allegations from actresses. See more »
In a scene taking place in 1933 Rivera mentions Happy Rockefeller, Nelson Rockefeller's wife. In reality, in 1933 Happy was only 7, and wasn't named "Rockefeller" yet. She and Nelson got married 30 years later, in 1963. See more »
Careful, guys. This corpse is still breathing. Try to get me there in one piece.
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I watched this film for the first time, last night,and, it is one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen. There are shades of "Surviving Picasso" about it. Yet, this movie transcends the Picasso film on a number of levels. Where "Surviving Picasso" is all about Anthony Hopkins masterful performance, "Frida" has a chemistry between its leading actors that you just don't see enough of in modern cinema. Yes, Salma Hayek inhabits the character of Frida and makes it entirely her own. But Alfred Molina's portrayal of her overweight, philandering husband really brings this movie to life. History is important to this movie also. Although removed from the turbulent events dominating European politics in the 1930s, Mexico embraces the ideology that will soon tear Europe apart and reflects that ideology in its art. Diego Rivera, as portrayed by Molina, is certainly a greater lover of women and painting than he is of political ideology, but the fact that he plays host to the exiled Trotsky shows that he is willing to put himself in harms way for the sake of his political principles. Trotsky is played charmingly by Geoffery Rush and his introduction to the story sends Diego and Frida's marriage to another level. This movie never fails to surprise you and if you have not seen it yet, you should.
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