Wednesday, September 12, 2007


Yes, you saw it right! Its not that I have missed out the Y in the Friday.
Its Frida. Spelt as F R I D A.
She is intellgent! She is a courageous woman! She is beautiful! She is a brilliant painter.
She is Frida. She is Salma Hayek.

Nominated for six Academy awards in 2002, it managed to win one. Salma Hayek was also nominated in the best actress category. This is one movie that is really interesting. Its about the artists in Mexico in the times of the revolution. The protanogists in the movie, Frida and Diego are two artists who share one common love. The love for painting.
Whats really interesting in the movie is the transition from the picasso-like paintings to the real world. The paintings by Frida reflect a lot about her current mindset and what she is going through. This is not really evident in what we see of her, but it is evident in the paintings.
Each of the paintings speak a lot and one can spend hours interpreting it. And then only to come back after some time and re-interpreting it another way.
This is based on a true story of : Frida Kahlo (July 6, 1907July 13, 1954) was a Mexican painter who depicted the indigenous culture of her country in a style combining Realism, Symbolism and Surrealism. An active communist, she was married to Mexican muralist and cubist painter Diego Rivera. She was known for her self-portraits, often expressing her physical pain and suffering through symbolism. In the last three decades she has gained admiration in Europe and the US. In 2002, Julie Taymor directed a biographical movie about Kahlo (Frida; Salma Hayek starred). The film sparked even further interest in Kahlo's life and work. Her house in Coyoacán, Mexico is a museum and visited by a large number of tourists every year.

The frames are lovely and the treatment spectacular! Its a visual Delight. There is no or very less violence, but there is drama. And there is passion in the shots. I would highly recommend it for people interested in art.

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