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The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo (2005)

A documentary feature about the life of the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.

Director:

Amy Stechler

Writer:

Amy Stechler
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Credited cast:
Heinz Berggruen Heinz Berggruen ... Himself
Estela de Bassagoda Estela de Bassagoda ... Herself
Lila Downs ... Frida Kahlo (voice)
Arturo Estrada Arturo Estrada ... Himself
Carlos Fuentes Carlos Fuentes ... Himself
Arturo García Bustos Arturo García Bustos ... Himself
Rina Lazo Rina Lazo ... Herself
Guillermo Monroy Guillermo Monroy ... Himself
Carlos Monsivåis Carlos Monsivåis ... Himself
Rita Moreno ... Narrator (voice)
Elena Poniatowska ... Herself
Diego Rivera Diego Rivera ... Himself (archive footage)
Leon Trotsky ... Himself (archive footage)
Victor Zamudio Taylor Victor Zamudio Taylor ... Himself
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A documentary feature about the life of the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frida Kahlo: I zoi kai i epohi tis See more »

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Daylight Films See more »
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First rate documentary, the best to date on Frida Kahlo
2 June 2006 | by roland-104See all my reviews

Expertly crafted documentary on the life and times of the Mexican artist whose work continues to increase in both critical and public esteem. For close observers of Kahlo's life, there is not much new here, but the account is brilliantly organized and illustrated.

There is one touching, informal black and white closeup photo of Kahlo and Rivera - their heads only - that I had not seen before. Ms. Stechler seems certain that Kahlo and Leon Trotsky consummated a love affair, though my fairly extensive review of the historical record leaves this something of an open question.

The film was made for PBS - where it first aired on 3/23/05 - by the former spouse and frequent early collaborator of documentarist Ken Burns. This is the best of several films - both documentary and biopic - on Kahlo's life that I have seen. For more, go to the PBS website: http://www.pbs.org/weta/fridakahlo/ My grade: B+ 8/10.


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