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Frida Kahlo
Salma Hayek as Frida Kahlo

Frida Movie Poster
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Alfred Molina and Salma Hayek as Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo
Alfred Molina and Salma Hayek in Frida (2002)

Frida Movie

When Salma Hayek stepped into her role in the 2002 ‘Frida movie’, she walked into a world where marriage, love, hatred, and passion would intertwine in the life story of two strong characters, Frida and Diego.

The movie is based on the life of artist Frida Kahlo, who lived in the shadow of her famous husband and mentor, artist Diego Rivera (played by actor Alfred Molina). From her illicit love affair with Russian leader Leon Trotsky, her forbidden romantic escapades with women, to her enduring commitment to will her marriage into survival, the film reveals the woman behind the man.

Frida Kahlo was a surrealist artist who persisted in continuing to paint despite the people’s lack of interest in her art, and the lack of sales. She credited her drive to her talented husband, who judged and appraised her work. Her love for him continued to grow, despite his well-known infidelity. When Rivera proposed to her, she requested his loyalty, if not his fidelity.

After a roller coaster of events, including Rivera discovering her affair to Trotsky, which later leads to Trotsky’s assassination, Kahlo flees to Paris. Upon her return, she is incarcerated when the police cannot find suspect Rivera, who eventually assists in her release. As her health begins to fail, Rivera proposes once again and she accepts. She dies after having a first and final solo exhibition in Mexico.

In an interview with Salma Hayek regarding the ‘Frida movie’ and the character she played, Hayek reveals that she has been a long time fan of Frida Kahlo’s work, and jumped at the opportunity to portray her in the film. When asked what inspired her about Kahlo, she replied, “Her courage to be unique. She was never conventional about anything she did. She was always herself and it was not easy.” The movie was nominated for 6 Academy awards and won 2 of them: Best Original Score and Best Makeup.

Analysis and Review
“Far from being a mere vanity project for Salma Hayek, Frida is a very good film that visually celebrates the life and art of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Director Julie Taymor has taken a rather straightforward bio of an exceptional figure and created a kaleidoscope of her life's greatest hits onscreen.” - Anji Milanovic (plume-noire.com)




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