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Nominated for six 2002 Academy Awards(R), 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. And from her enduring relationship with her mentor and husband, Diego Rivera (Alfred Molina -- CHOCOLAT), to her scandalous affairs, Frida's uncompromising personality would inspire her greatest creations! Also starring Antonio Banderas (SPY KIDS), Ashley Judd (KISS THE GIRLS), Edward Norton (RED DRAGON), and Geoffrey Rush (QUILLS).

Additional Features

The first disc starts with a 38-minute interview with Salma Hayek that, with her recollections of the film, works the same as a commentary track. Director Julie Taymor takes center stage for the rest of the 2-disc set. Besides an engaging commentary track, there are two interviews with the director, a Q&A session after an AFI screening, and a better one with Bill Moyers. The second disc is set-up for short (5- to 7-minute) featurettes on the making of the film--production design, cinematography, locations, two visual effects pieces, and so on--but oddly not one with the Oscar-winning make-up crew. All of these segments are better produced and more interesting than most DVD supplements, however there is little biographical information on Frida (letting the movie speak for itself). The music element gets the most attention: an interview with vocalist and Frida's lover Chavela Vargas, Hayek interviewing composer Elliot Goldenthal, and Goldenthal's own commentary track explaining his Oscar-winning score. --Doug Thomas

Special Features

  • Disc 1: Feature film with commentary by director Julie Taymor
  • Selected scenes commentary with composer Elliot Goldenthal
  • A conversation with Salma Hayek
  • Disc 2: American Film Institute Q&A with director Julie Taymor
  • Bill Moyers interview with Julie Taymor
  • Chavela Vargas interview
  • The voice of Lila Downs
  • The vision of Frida: with Rodrigo Prieto and Julie Taymor
  • The design of Frida: with Felipe Fernandez
  • The music of Frida: with Elliot Goldenthal and Salma Hayek
  • Salma Hayek's recording session
  • Bringing Frida Kahlo's life and art to film: a walk through real locations
  • Portrait of an artist
  • "Amobea Proteus" visual FX
  • "The Brothers Quay" visual FX
  • Frida Kahlo facts

Product Details

  • Actors: Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, Geoffrey Rush, Mía Maestro, Antonio Banderas
  • Directors: Julie Taymor
  • Writers: Anna Thomas, Clancy Sigal, Diane Lake, Gregory Nava, Hayden Herrera
  • Producers: Amy Slotnick, Ann Ruark
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 10, 2003
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,385 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JLPK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,056 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Frida" on IMDb

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103 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Joe TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 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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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 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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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Wing Lee on April 17, 2005
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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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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jim Reid on June 25, 2003
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Frida was a well made movie. The cinematography was great, the acting was good, everything worked quite well. What troubled me with this movie was my inability to connect with it.
I expected to be drawn into Frida's character and to be able to understand who she is and what her motivations are, but I found the film lacking that explantion of her character.
It became apparent to me that in order to fully enjoy this movie, you have to be familiar with the life and circumstances of Frida and you have to identify with her character prior to watching the film.
This was my mistake, as I watched the film, knowing little more about Frida than that she was a painter. To me the film unfolded as a series of events in "someone's" life. It was like watching the home videos of a stranger (well, that is overexaggerating quite a bit, but you get the point), it is just a few events in Frida's life that I had no connection with.
The one scene I could connect with was the death scene. I felt more of the movie should have followed the same style as that scene. While watching that scene, I finally felt involved in the movie, instead of being a spectator. Frida lives an interesting life, but if I can't connect with her character, then I can't really enjoy the movie.
So, in conclusion, this is a well-crafted film, but it assumes that you are familiar with and have an interest in Frida, which I am not and do not. So, don't be an idiot like me and use this movie as your introduction to Frida. Do your homework on her first.
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