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Film: Frida
Frida (2002) is a biographical film which depicts the professional and private life of the surrealist Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. It stars Salma Hayek as Kahlo (nominated for an Academy Award) and Alfred Molina as her husband, Diego Rivera.

The movie was adapted by Clancy Sigal, Diane Lake, Gregory Nava, Anna Thomas and Edward Norton (uncredited) from the book Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo by Hayden Herrera. It was directed by Julie Taymor. It won Oscars for Best Makeup and Best Original Music Score (receipient: Elliot Goldenthal).


This film provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: A slight case. Kahlo wasn't ugly, but she certainly didn't look like Salma Hayek either. Yay! With a unibrow. Wha? And a thin but prominent mustache. Oh, God... You may hear many jokes about Alfred Molina being too handsome to portray Diego Rivera... half of those are being serious.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: This could be one of Diego's main attractions.
  • Big Ol' Unibrow: Frida made a point of emphasizing her unibrow in all her self-portraits. This was mainly due to Kahlo's horrible self-esteem. In photographs, Kahlo's actually not bad looking, even with the unibrow. But in her self-portraits, Kahlo was notorious for putting emphasis on her uglier features, with her unibrow, mustache, and beauty mark getting special attention.
  • Bi the Way: Frida, Gracie (Saffron Burrows), Josephine Baker (Karine Plantadit-Bageot), and implied with Tina Modotti (Ashley Judd).
  • The Cameo: Ashley Judd, Antonio Banderas, Geoffrey Rush, Edward Norton, etc. They are all one or two scene wonders.
  • Character Title
  • Dirty Communist: Averted. The main characters are socialists, as are many of the supporting characters. They're decent people for the most part.
  • Fake Nationality:
    • Alfred Molina, a Londoner of Spanish and Italian lineage, plays Mexican Diego Rivera.
    • Australian Geoffrey Rush plays Ukranian Leon Trotsky.
    • American Ashley Judd plays Italian Tina Modotti.
    • Italian Valeria Golino plays Mexican Guadalupe Marín.
    • Briton Roger Rees plays German Wilhelm Kahlo.
    • Argentine Mía Maestro plays Mexican Cristina Kahlo.
    • Puerto Rican-American Omar Rodríguez plays Frenchman André Breton.
    • French-Cameroonian Karine Plantadit-Bageot plays American Josephine Baker.
  • Handicapped Badass: Frida, post-accident.
  • Imagine Spot: Many scenes are recreations of Frida's paintings.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: The handrail that impaled Kalho in a trolley accident.
  • Kavorka Man: Diego is a middle age fat man with a temper, yet he was an intense womanizer. This is apparently Truth in Television.
    "You'd never believe it, but he's had half the women in this room."
  • May-December Romance:
    • Frida and Trotsky.
    • Frida and Diego to a lesser extent.
  • Mononymous Biopic Title: A first name variation.
  • Naytheist: Inverted with Diego's line: "I don't believe in God but I thank him every day for giving me you."
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Diego (despite his slight Adaptational Attractiveness upgrade) and Frida. . .and the numerous other gorgeous women he's able to hook up with throughout the course of the movie.

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ChicagoAcademy Award For Best Original SongGangs of New York

alternative title(s): Frida
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