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Frida

Frida is a 2002 Academy Award-winning film which depicts the life of the surrealist painter Frida Kahlo and portrays the tortured personal life of this Mexican artist. It stars Salma Hayek as Frida Kahlo and Alfred Molina as 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 and the original music score was composed by Elliot Goldenthal. The traumatic accident Frida had at the age of 18 when a car trolley collided with a bus is depicted in Frida. She is impaled by a metal pole and the injuries sustained plague her for the rest of her life. Her father brings her a canvas upon which to start painting while she is bedridden. Throughout the film a scene starts as a painting, then slowly dissolves into a live-action scene with actors. The relationship between Frida's suffering and her art is explored.
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