DVD 123 mins IMDB 7.4 (11,321 votes)
Miramax (2002)
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Salma Hayek Frida Kahlo
Alfred Molina Diego Rivera
Geoffrey Rush Leon Trotsky
Ashley Judd Tina Modotti
Antonio Banderas David Alfaro Siqueiros
Edward Norton Nelson Rockefeller
Valeria Golino Lupe Marin
Mía Maestro Cristina Kahlo
Roger Rees Guillermo Kahlo
Patricia Reyes Spindola Matilde Kahlo
Amelia Zapata Maid
Alejandro Usigli Professor
Diego Luna Alejandro Gonzalez Arias
Lucia Bravo Auditorium Model
Patricia Reyes Spíndola Matilde Kahlo
Loló Navarro Nanny
Mia Maestro
Fermín Martínez Painter on Bus (as Fermin Martinez)
Roberto Medina Dr. Farril

Director Julie Taymor
Producer Lindsay Flickinger; Sarah Green; Salma Hayek; Nancy Hardin; Jay Polstein; Roberto Sneider; Lizz Speed
Writer Hayden Herrera; Clancy Sigal; Diane Lake; Gregory Nava; Anna Thomas
Cinematography Rodrigo Prieto
Musician Elliot Goldenthal
User Credit 1 Françoise Bonnot
User Credit 2 Julie Weiss

After being attached to a number of actors, directors, and producers, this long-gestating biography of one of Mexico's most prominent, iconoclastic painters reaches the screen under the guiding hand of producer/star Salma Hayek. Hayek ages some 30 years onscreen as she charts Frida Kahlo's life from feisty schoolgirl to Diego Rivera protégée to world-renowned artist in her own right. Frida details Kahlo's affluent upbringing in Mexico City, and her nurturing relationship with her traditional mother (Patricia Reyes Spindola) and philosophical father (Roger Rees). Having already suffered the crippling effects of polio, Kahlo sustains further injuries when a city bus accident nearly ends her life. But in her bed-ridden state, the young artist produces dozens upon dozens of pieces; when she recovers, she presents them to the legendary — and legendarily temperamental — Rivera (Alfred Molina), who takes her under his wing as an artist, a political revolutionary, and, inevitably, a lover. But their relationship is fraught with trouble, as the philandering Rivera traverses the globe painting murals, and Kahlo languishes in obscurity, longing to make her mark on her own. Frida was directed by Julie Taymor, whose Broadway production of The Lion King won her international acclaim. — Michael Hastings

Edition Details
Barcode 786936180992
Region Region 1
Chapters 15
Release Date 1/6/2004
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Stereo
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 2

Disc 1: Salma Hayek Conversation
Julie Taymore Feature Commentary
Elliot Goldenthal Selected Scenes Commentary
AFI Julie Taymor Q & A
Bill Moyers' Julie Taymore Interview
Chavela Vargas Interview
The Vision, Design & Music of Frida
Salma's Recording sessions
Real Locations of Frida's Life & Art
Portrait Of An Artist
2 Visual Effects Pieces
Frida Kahlo Facts
The Voice Of Lila Downs
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 1 Sexuality/nudity and language.
User Text 2 Prepare to be seduced
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Trivia: Laura San Giacomo was originally set to play Frida but was dropped when fans objected to a non-Mexican playing the role of Frida (more)

Goofs: Anachronisms: One of Cristina Kahlo's sons wears disposable diapers. (more)

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

Awards: Won 2 Oscars. Another 12 wins & 28 nominations (more)