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Date: Jun 04 2003


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Mexican painter Frida Kahlo was born July 6, 1907 near Mexico City. Her life was filled with extreme suffering and astounding genius. Frida’s back was badly injured in a bus accident when she was eighteen, and doctors told her she’d never walk again. But she did learn to walk again, and she also learned to paint. Her beautiful and unique paintings became famous all over the world.
Mexican actress Salma Hayek and director Julie Taymor created a film about Frida’s life. Miguel recently saw the film and was very impressed. Listen to his conversation with Beth to learn more.


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Miguel:  Beth, I saw this movie I think you would really like. Have you seen Frida yet?

Beth:  No, but I’ve been wanting to see it for a while. How was it?

Miguel:  It was actually great. I had, I guess, low expectations ‘cause I, I just hadn’t heard anything great about it, but it was super good. I mean, Frida was a amazing, amazing woman. Like, a total role model I would think, you know.

Beth:  Now I know a little bit about Frida Kahlo – was the movie based upon her… was it focused on her or was it focused on her relationship with her husband Diego?

Miguel:  Well, it was a little bit… it was focused on the relationship, but I think the more important and interesting parts were about her and her actual work, her art, her painting, and, uh, the things that she expressed. Because she had a really, really terrible and rough life, and so that was the coolest part to me I think.

Beth:  Right. I know that , uh, her artwork was really a huge part of her, her life. Was that a focus of the film?

Miguel:  Well the, the thing was is they sort of mixed the actual paintings into the movie. So it was kind of a neat way to show… like, for example, she would be feeling something, like some kind of pain or something, and then they would put her character, actually in to like a version of the painting. So it’s kind of hard to explain, but they use kind of special effects to tie the paintings in with her life. So it, it was neat.

Beth:  Cool. I’m definitely going to see it.

Miguel:  Yeah, you definitely should. It’s on the top of my list for the year so far.



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Frida was an amazing woman. Her art has always been an inspiration to me, because it’s so expressive. Frida was able to show her pain and loneliness in her painting in an extremely powerful way. Frida said of her work, “I paint my own reality. The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration.”
If you’re interested in art, history or humanity, you’ll like Frida. It’s an entertaining film about an entertaining person. Check it out as soon as you get a chance!
See you at the movies!


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