(2002) Directed by Julie Taymor. Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, Geoffrey Rush. (123 min.) 35mm print from Park Circus. R
Dressed in colorful Tehuana outfits, from a part of Mexico that was traditionally matriarchal, Frida Kahlo brought her physical pain and emotional passion alive in surrealist self-portrait canvases. Director Julie Taymor (Broadway’s The Lion King) uses magical realism to suggest the imaginative universe of one of art history’s few iconic women. The film was a passion project of Salma Hayek (she was Oscar nominated), who famously had to compromise for financing on Harvey Weinstein’s bed of nails.
“The movie manages to break free—in bursts of color, imagination, music, sex and over-the-top theatricality—it honors the artist's brave, anarchic spirit” (New York Times).
Experience the lives, loves, and influence of two art icons of the 20th century. Few artists have captured the public's imagination with the force of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1907–54) and her husband, the Mexican painter and muralist Diego Rivera (1886–1957). The myths that surrounded them in their lifetime arose not only from their significant bodies of work, but also from their friendships (and conflicts) with leading political figures and their passionate, tempestuous personal relationships.