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Frida Kahlo (ArtHaus - Art & Design Series)


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  • Actors: Sada Thompson, Hayden Herrera
  • Directors: Eila Hershon, Roberto Guerra, Wibke Von Bonin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: German (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0), Castilian (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: German, French, English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Arthaus
  • DVD Release Date: October 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 62 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UBSULU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #341,650 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Frida Kahlo: declared a symbol of Mexican national heritage, made into a cult figure by the women's movement,
praised by the likes of Picasso and Breton. At the age of 18, she suffered an accident that would forever change
her life, destining her to pain, numerous operations and childlessness. This film takes you to the Blue House in Coyoacán, the place of her birth and the last years of her
life. Today, the house serves as a museum dedicated to the charismatic artist. Haunting self-portraits and a stirring world of images tell of her life and passions, her thoughts and feelings, her exhausting love for Diego Rivera and her deep connection to Mexico.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Brooks on March 28, 2010
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This video is the DVD version of the 1983 documentary "Portrait of an Artist - Frida Kahlo" previously available only in English on VHS tape. This DVD is narrated in English, German, Spanish and French....no subtitles. The picture quality is not the greatest but acceptable.

This award-winning documentary (Montreal International Festival of Films - Best Biography of an Artist) provides a stirring look at the life and times of Mexico's most famous woman painter, Frida Kahlo. Although the film is old, with simple editing techniques, it eloquently portrays the artist's life in the famous "Blue House" outside of Mexico City that she shared with her husband, the famous muralist and painter Diego Rivera. A near fatal bus accident, years of traumatic surgery, and endless heartache left Frida Kahlo devastated, relentlessly transferring her physical and emotional pain to the canvas. Readings from her diaries, archival photographs, and film footage offer an intimate portrait of one of the most astonishing figures of the twentieth century. Narrated by Sada Thompson and commentary written by Hayden Herrera, this documentary explores Kahlo as the center of the Mexican renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s. Not just as an artist, but as a tragic figure as it follows her painting career, her growing interest in politics and her turbulent relationship with her husband, Diego.

This film provides an excellent overview of her artwork, explaining her choice of subject matter in detail. A great "Introduction to Frida Kahlo" film. On a scale of 1-to-10 I would rate this documentary an "8".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FrankoSport on June 19, 2011
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This remarkable documentary came out in the early 1980's, and in 62-plus minutes tells us many things about Frida, including her art, her husband Diego Rivera, her association with the Communist Party and the numerous health issues which would eventually cut her life short.

Maybe not the complete story, maybe not a very detailed account, but still an excellent telling of Frida's life and work. A special mention and thank you for narrator Sada Thompson's flawless reading of Hayden Herrera's commentary, as well as the traditional Mexican music that is heard in the film.
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By David on November 28, 2014
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Frida was born in 1907 NOT 1910, though she claimed that due to the fact it's the same year as "modern Mexico" came into existence. Her father was NOT Jewish, though she claimed it. Many claimed because she was ashamed of the German background do to Nazis. My guess is she wanted to impress her Jewish communist friends like Trotsky. This doc is horrible even if it got the fact right.
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A movie was made about her life. She was hurt in a accident at an early age, but continued to paint along with Diego Rivera who was her lover. She was best known for her self portraits. The story is a very gripping one in which Frida and Diego clash over many things including how and what to paint. My wife is a painter and she relates to the difficulties that painters have in painting. Frida also had the additional problem of Diego's flirtatious life. Great art and intense peole make this this a really good read. We already have this book and highly recommend it.
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