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Frida [Blu-ray] (2002)

Antonio Banderas , Alfred Molina , Julie Taymor  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (371 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Antonio Banderas, Alfred Molina
  • Directors: Julie Taymor
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Miramax Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: January 31, 2012
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (371 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0064MT1SA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,638 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Nominated for 6 Academy Awards® including Salma Hayek for Best Actress, FRIDA is the triumphant motion picture about an exceptional woman who lived an unforgettable life! A product of humble beginnings, Frida Kahlo (Hayek) earns fame as a talented artist with a unique vision. From her enduring friendship with her mentor and husband, Diego Rivera (Alfred Molina, THE DA VINCI CODE), to her scandalous affairs, Frida's uncompromising personality would inspire her greatest creations. Also starring Antonio Banderas (PUSS IN BOOTS) Ashley Judd (DOLPHIN TALE), Edward Norton (THE INCREDIBLE HULK) and Geoffrey Rush (THE KING'S SPEECH), at heart this vibrant film is ultimately a "romance for the deeply romantic" (Salon.com).

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85 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Passion and color November 29, 2002
FRIDA, with Salma Hayek in the title role, is a vibrant celebration of the life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), and an unsparing look at her tumultuous, passionate marriage to the Mexican muralist Diego Rivera (Alfred Molina). Another major thread is the involvement of both with the Communist Party. In the latter half of the film, Geoffrey Rush makes an appearance as the exiled Leon Trotsky running from Stalin's death squads.
Hayek's performance is the finest I've seen by an actress so far in 2002. An Oscar nomination is surely in the cards. Though I understand that FRIDA uncovers nothing new about the life of Kahlo not already known by devotees of her work, the film was a total revelation for me who knew nothing about the artist. And Costuming and Make-up built on Hayek's natural appearance to create the spitting image of the real Frida (whose photo I've just seen on the Web).
Visually, the film is a riot of color. I especially liked those scenes where the viewers' eyes are drawn to a brightly costumed Frida set against surroundings colored with contrasting sepia and/or pastel tones.
My only picky-picky complaint about FRIDA is its treatment of Kahlo's physical condition after the horrific 1925 bus accident that left her with multiple fractures of her pelvis, spine, ribs and leg, and which necessitated over 30 follow-up operations in her lifetime. The visual force of her paintings is generated both by her complex emotional life as well as the terrible physical pain she constantly suffered. Yet in the film, between that time she learns to walk again without a crutch and much later when she climbs an Inca pyramid with Trotsky, there's absolutely no hint in Hayek's portrayal that the artist was in any way physically debilitated beyond an inability to bear children.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Salma Hayek's Dream Came True! April 17, 2005
Format:DVD
I have seen Frida five times at the cinemas, and got the DVD as a gift. I must say that this is by far the most visually stunning, inspirational, and emotionally impacting film I have ever seen. Before this movie came out, I went the Vancouver Art Gallery to see some of Frida Kahlo's paintings and saw the documentary of her life. I was very fascinated by several of paintings, but I didn't get to see The Two Fridas or the paintinngs with the monkeys. I was moved to tears by the documentary of her life, and I instantly became a fan. I then bought the novel based on her life, and read it before the movie came out. I was dying to see the movie.

This beautiful biopic is directed by the Julie Taymor, whose film Titus was an equally visual feast. It's a dream come true for the Oscar nominated Salma Hayek, who had spent more that seven years trying to get this movie made. It was a good thing that Madonna and Jennifer Lopez didn't get to do it, because they wouldn't be suitable to play Frida. Salma Hayek gave the performance of her career, and she actually hadn't done anything great before this movie, except for In The Times Of The Butterflies, which also costarred Mia Maestro who played her sister in both movies. Even though Salma lost the award to the overrated Nicole Kidman(The Hours), Frida still won two out of the six nominations. The music composed by Elliot Goldenthal trully capture the spirit of Frida and Mexico. Some of the songs are sung by Lila Downs, and Chavela Vargas. Burn It Blue heard at the end of the film is so beatiful. I even bought the soundtrack. Salma Hayek had more than fifty costumes here, designed by Julie Weiss on a shoestring budget.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a work of art, a piece of history November 19, 2002
This is the best artist biopic I have seen, and it's a remarkable achievement for Salma Hayek, and director Julie Taymor.
Based ( with certain fictionalizations) on the excellent Hayden Herrera biography, the re-creation of Mexico in the first half of the 20th century is a marvel.
The cast is wonderful. Hayek is perfect as the petite Frida, and Alfred Molina so believable as Rivera. There are small parts filled in by Edward Norton, Ashley Judd, and Antonio Banderas, and with Geoffrey Rush as Trotsky.
I especially like the acclaimed Welsh actor, Roger Rees, as Guillermo, Frida's father, and beautiful Valeria Golino, as Rivera's ex-wife.
The soundtrack by Elliot Goldenthal (Taymor's husband) is terrific, full of traditional Mexican songs that add so much to this film.
The magnificent Lila Downs sings several songs (she is briefly seen in 3 of them), and among them is a signature song for her, "La Llorona"...a second version of this song is sung by the legendary Costa Rican star of years gone by, Chavela Vargas, and another treat is the voice of Caetano Veloso in the final end title song.
Perhaps my favorite part of this film are the "living paintings". Innovative and spectacular, I think Frida would have loved this added dimension to her work. The film ends with the final words from her diary: "I hope the exit is joyful--and I hope never to come back--Frida".
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Art in every form - absolutely splendid! April 17, 2005
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Wow - art within art within art - a grand love story, a political commentary, a love letter to an artist, and homage to her vision - Julie Taymor and Selma Hayek have done Frida proud in this film. Be sure and get the book about the making of the movie [aisn: 1557045402] to accompany the DVD.

The cinematography is stunning. The performances are flawless. The way the live action is interwoven with adaptations of Kahlo's paintings is inspired. If you've ever been to Mexico, this will have you aching to go back - you can taste the fruit and feel the sun and the colors. I wish I could give it more than 5 stars - this is the one to get for any lover of art, woman of vision, or for a person who struggles to find meaning in pain or disability.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific film, great cast.
Loved this film since it first came out in the theaters. Always loved Frida's art. Salma Hayak played her to perfection. Read more
Published 12 hours ago by Catchin' Up
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful a romance
Lucius. Beautiful a romance
Published 19 hours ago by sunflower
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute must-see. It will exceed your expectations.
This is a very powerful movie, intriguingly presented with a wonderful story. I already thought highly of Salma Hayek, but Alfred Molina was a revelation. Read more
Published 1 day ago by The Bear
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love art, history and intense personalities
If you love art, history and intense personalities, this is a great film for you. Salma Hayek captures the spirit of Frida so well.
Published 2 days ago by me skibba
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice biopic
This is a very nice movie with some good actors about a person that really existed that I had never heard of. The filming was filled with her art, which is quite lovely. Read more
Published 6 days ago by John Mills
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Love this DVD so much I bought the CD to go with it.
Published 10 days ago by Desert Rat
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great story.
Published 14 days ago by jack accardi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
A great story that never gets old. I can watch this over and over again.
Published 29 days ago by A in CO
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I really enjoyed receiving this package. The package was well derived on date. Great!!
Published 1 month ago by Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth owning a copy
Definitely a movie worth owning. It's a work of art.
Published 1 month ago by Debra J. DeAngelo
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