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Frida (2002)

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A biography of artist Frida Kahlo, who channeled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage into her work.

Director:

Julie Taymor

Writers:

Hayden Herrera (book), Clancy Sigal (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 15 wins & 46 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Salma Hayek ... Frida Kahlo
Mía Maestro ... Cristina Kahlo
Alfred Molina ... Diego Rivera
Antonio Banderas ... David Alfaro Siqueiros
Valeria Golino ... Lupe Marín
Diego Luna ... Alejandro 'Alex'
Edward Norton ... Nelson Rockefeller
Alejandro Usigli Alejandro Usigli ... Professor
Saffron Burrows ... Gracie
Loló Navarro Loló Navarro ... Nanny (as Lolo Navarro)
Roger Rees ... Guillermo Kahlo
Fermín Martínez Fermín Martínez ... Painter on Bus (as Fermin Martinez)
Amelia Zapata Amelia Zapata ... Maid
Ashley Judd ... Tina Modotti
Roberto Medina ... Dr. Farril
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Storyline

"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 Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality/nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Canada | Mexico

Language:

English | French | Russian

Release Date:

22 November 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frida Kahlo See more »

Filming Locations:

Barrio del Alto, Puebla, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$205,996, 27 October 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$25,885,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$56,298,474
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During a test screening of the film, producer Harvey Weinstein grew so enraged that he ripped up the audience score cards and threw them in the face of director Julie Taymor. According to producer and star Salma Hayek, Weinstein grew so violent that Taymor's partner composer Elliot Goldenthal had to step between them as he was afraid Weinstein would physically hurt Taymor. See more »

Goofs

In the movie when Frida loses the baby it is after Diego had painted the Detroit mural, and they are already in New York. But, in fact Frida lost the baby when Diego just started painting the Detroit mural in 1932. She lost the baby at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Also, there is a scene that shows her painting "Henry Ford Hospital" and shows the finished painting without the words on the frame of the bed. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Frida Kahlo: Careful, guys. This corpse is still breathing. Try to get me there in one piece.
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Connections

Referenced in Samba in Mettmann (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

La Llorona
Written by Luis Mars
Performed by Chavela Vargas & Lila Downs
Published by PHAM
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wunderbar!
27 January 2003 | by courtney-eveleighSee all my reviews

Visually stunning - if this film does not win for cinematography at the Academy Awards, I will be shocked.

This film, based on the biography of Frida Kahlo by Hayden Herrera, is a masterpiece. I read the book several years ago & have been a Frida fan ever since.

I heard an interview w/Hayden on NPR not too long ago talking about her book & the movie adaptation. She did years & years of research on Frida and is probably as close to an 'expert' on her life as we could come across in the year 2003. She praised Julie Taymor for this film and was quite happy with her adaptation.

Reading the reviews on this page, i find it hard to believe that there are critics of this movie. Everything from the music (beautiful!) to the cinematography to the acting . . . greatness!! Selma really put her heart & soul into this role and she has now made her way onto my list of 'favorite actresses'.

It would be hard to put anyone's life onto the big screen & get every single detail right on - esp. someone who lived 50+ years ago. I think Julie Taymor has done an amazing job of representing the life of Frida.


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