Salma Hayek
Director: Julie Taymor Cast: Salma Hayek
Salma Hayek
, Alfred Molina
Alfred Molina
, Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
Julie Taymor


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The life of an uncompromising, iconoclastic artist has never seemed as rote and inevitable as it does in Julie Taymor's Frida, an intermittently engaging but wholly ordinary biography that wouldn't be out of place premiering on a basic-cable channel. Ticking off the events in Kahlo's life like a grade-school filmstrip, Frida's screenplay -- credited to no less than four writers, not including the purported rewrites from Ed Norton -- is full of clumsy passage-of-time indicators and halting, expository dialogue. Luckily, the performers manage to bring it alive somewhat: Though notably lacking in the kind of mythic swagger Kahlo requires, Salma Hayek digs into her long-gestating "role of a lifetime" with vigor. Better yet is Alfred Molina's Diego Rivera, who threatens to swallow the movie whole (both figuratively and literally). To her credit, Taymor attempts to infuse Frida with the kind of broad, expressionistic strokes she lent 2000's Titus -- the movie is nothing if not lush. Cinematographer Rodrigo Pietra renders Mexico as a paradise of reds, blues, and greens, playing up the contrasts between Kahlo's homeland and the steely, blue-gray New York sequences. But however brilliant they often are, Taymor's directorial flourishes are just that, and Frida -- which by all accounts could've been as daring as Vincent and Theo or Before Night Falls -- never rises above standard bio-pic fare.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/15/2011
UPC: 0031398137474
Original Release: 2002
Source: Miramax Lionsgate
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:03:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Saffron Burrows Gracie
Margarita Sanz Natalia Trotsky
Diego Luna Alejandro Gomez Arias

Technical Credits
Julie Taymor Director
Mark Amin Executive Producer
Françoise Bonnot Editor
Lindsay Flickinger Producer
Rodrigo García Screenwriter
Brian Gibson Executive Producer
Mark Gill Executive Producer
Elliot Goldenthal Score Composer
Sarah Green Producer
Nancy Hardin Producer
Salma Hayek Producer
John Jackson Makeup
Diane Lake Screenwriter
Jill Sobel Messick Executive Producer
Gregory Nava Screenwriter
Felipe Fernandez del Paso Production Designer
Margaret Rose Perenchio Executive Producer
Jay Polstein Producer
Rodrigo Prieto Cinematographer
Regina Reyes Makeup
Santiago Núñez Rojo Sound Mixer
Ann Ruark Co-producer
Clancy Sigal Screenwriter
Amy Slotnick Executive Producer
Roberto Sneider Producer
Lizz Speed Producer
Anna Thomas Screenwriter
Bernardo Trujillo Art Director
Julie Weiss Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Feature
1. Memories
2. "I Always Wanted a Son"
3. The Accident
4. Plans for Recovery
5. Diego's Compliments
6. Another Pretty Girl
7. "Comrades, Colleagues and Friends"
8. Diego and Frida
9. Diego's Ways
10. More Affection in a Handshake
11. The Invasion of Gringo-landia
12. Miracles and Tragedy
13. The Price of Integrity
14. Portrait With Cropped Hair
15. Offering Asylum
16. Alone in Pain
17. Without Loyalty
18. From France
19. Imprisoned
20. Broken Column
21. To Frida!
22. Burn it Blue

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