Frida

Cast
Frida Kahlo: Salma Hayek
Diego Rivera: Alfred Molina
Leon Trotsky: Geoffrey Rush
Tina Modotti: Ashley Judd
David Alfaro Siqueiros: Antonio Banderas
Miramax Films presents a film directed by Julie Taymor. Written by Diane Lake, Gregory Nava, Clancy Sigal and Anna Thomas. Based on the book Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo by Hayden Herrera. Running time: 120 minutes. Rated R (for sexuality/nudity and language).

Central Theme
At the end of the day we can endure far more than we think we can, physically, relationally and spiritually.

Story
Born in 1907 and coming of age in the turmoil of Mexico’s flirtation with Marxism, Frida was a talented and free spirited young woman who nearly lost her life in a tragic bus accident as a teen. Trapped in a full-body cast and expected never to walk again, she did walk again, spent a life in physical pain, underwent numerous surgeries, but nevertheless became one of the most notorious women and artists of her time.

Married to the renowned mural painter and philanderer Diego Riviera, her indomitable spirit matched his each step of the way. Their Marxism was accompanied by an abandonment of their Catholic morality as reflected in his infidelities and her scandalous bi-sexuality.

Their legendary trip to New York resulted in the well-documented destruction of his Rockefeller mural because he refused to remove his hero Lenin from the scene. Also in New York her only pregnancy resulted in a bloody and tragic miscarriage (Diego was out with another woman). Diego’s career was sidetracked and in his boredom he conducted an affair with Frida’s sister, breaking his vow of loyalty to her. (He had refused to take a vow of fidelity).

Having discovered Diego’s betrayal, Frida separated from him but was convinced to reunite in Mexico to provide asylum for Trotsky with whom she eventually had an affair. She also experienced a bi-sexual fling in Paris with Josephine Baker.

As her physical and emotional pain increased, her art took on an intense graphically disturbing quality and by the time of her death at the age of 46, she was recognized for her artistic originality and honesty.

The film glories in the full commitment to a self-directed life unbound by traditional morality, but seems unable to look honesty at the self-inflicted pain this ¢â‚¬Ëœdepravity’ brings into the lives of Diego and Frida. Her agonized art itself is the best guide to her pain born not just in body, but in a spirit that needs completion in God, but chooses instead to stubbornly go its own way.

Beliefs num
–Good art reflects the truth as an artist has experienced life.
–There is no God and Religion is superstition.
–Marxism is a great idea, if only someone could actually practice it.
–Atheistic Marxism is accompanied by immoral behavior in many cases.
–We can overcome our pain with art and imagination.
–Self-directed free and rebellious spirits are capable of love, maybe loyalty but seldom fidelity.
–People make too big a deal about sex and morality.
–The most important thing is to be your own person regardless of the consequences.
–There are two kinds of pain, that which is inflicted upon us, and that which we bring upon ourselves through our own choices; the latter is far more painful,

Questions Worth Discussing num
–Frida achieved her dream of being her own person but at what price?
–How much of Frida’s grief did she bring upon herself and how much was circumstantial?
–Would she have been capable of a relationship with God if it meant submission?
–How would her life have been different if she had lived according to the Ten Commandments?
–Could she have produced good art had she lived a more moral life?
–Can a free spirit live a moral life and still be true to their spirit?

Provocative Quotes byline
–I always said I wanted a son.
==Frida’s dad when she shows up for photograph dressed as a man.
–Right now I am a burden, but I hope to be a self-sufficient cripple one day!
==Frida to her father after the accident.
–Diego I have something important to discuss with you.
==Frida takes her paintings to Diego to get an honest evaluation of her potential as an artist.
–The rich don’t have good taste so they hire people to have good taste for them.
==David to Diego
–I was painting and womanizing in peace when you came along
==Diego to Frida.
–I’d rather have an intelligent enemy than a stupid friend.
==David to Diego.
–Sex is like peeing. People take it far too seriously.
==Diego to Frida.
–Of course I do. I’ve had two wives already.
==Diego proposes and Frida says he does not believe in marriage.
–Faithful no. I am physiologically incapable of fidelity.
==Diego to Frida to which she replies, ¢â‚¬Ëœwhat a convenient diagnosis.’
–It is loyalty that is important to me. Can you be loyal?
==Frida to Diego.
–She’s much better than me.
==NY reporter visiting Diego notices Frida’s painting.
–Diego has never belonged to anybody. He is the best of friends and the worse of husbands.
==Wife number two to Frida.
–You broke my heart.
==Diego having learned of Frida’s romance with Trotsky (despite his perpetual infidelities which he expected her to accept).
–He’s like a big Mexican piƒ±ata with enough candy for everyone.
==Frida about Diego.
–I never thought I’d say this, but you are better than your husband.
==Frida’s lesbian bi-sexual lover who also bedded Diego
–Diego is the way he is and it is the way I love him. ZI cannot love who he is not.
==Frida and why she stays with him.
–I am a beast. I am an idiot, but it meant nothing. Frida talk to me.
==Diego after bedding Frida’s sister.
–There are two big accidents in my life Diego, the trolley and you. And you are by far the worst,
==Frida.
–It was not your fault. I never should have put you in the same room with him.
==Frida to her sister.
–You wanted to be your own person.
==Frida’s father reminding her of the youthful aspirations that got her where she was.
–I’m all right. At the end of the day we can endure far more than we think we can.
==Frida
–I’m talking about someone sacrificing his own pleasure to protect someone he loves.
==Frida to Diego when Trotsky moves out after his wife discovers his attraction to Frida.
–You’ve been my comrade, fellow artist and best friend. But you’ve never been my husband.
==Frida to Diego.
–Feet what do I need you for if I have wings to fly?
==Journal entry after her foot was amputated.
–Never before has an artist put agonized poetry on canvas.
==Diego of Frida’s work.
–See Dr. I followed your directions. I did not leave my bed.
==Shows up at her exhibition carried in her bed.
–I hope the exit is joyful; I hope never to return.
==Frida’s journal before her death.

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