Frida by Julie Taymor

14 Sep

“Frida” starring Salma Hayek was a interesting biography about the Mexican painter’s life.  Taymor did an excellent job portraying the painful aspects of Kahlo’s life: her accident, tumultuous relationship with Diego Rivera, miscarriages and her countless health problems.  As viewers we were able to see how Kahlo was able to find beauty in her life through her many setbacks, and we see this as majority of her paintings represented different stages in her life.  For example, the one of her unborn baby, or the portrait of her on her death bed on fire.  I thought the film was beautifully executed as it was juxtaposed with her actual paintings and Mexican-folk art animations done in a Tim Burton-esque style that added an eerie and macabre feel the to film.  It’s not very often we get to understand and feel what the artist is going through when they are creating art and “Frida” was a very great portrayal of the artist’s life.

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