Saturday, October 8, 2011

frida kahlo collection- six documentaries and films

video topic: art
entry type: Documentary

video title: frida kahlo collection- six documentaries and films
artist featured: frida kahlo
director: mixed
producer: mixed

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art lives: Frida Kahlo (Channel 4) aka Frida Kahlo by Sada Thompson

the life and times of Frida Kahlo (PBS)

Frida (film)

Frida, Naturaleza Viva (not English)(film)

online version
"Frida Kahlo: Her Art and Life" lecture by Hayden Herrera

Frida Kahlo Biography

about Frida Kahlo:

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Frida Kahlo de Rivera (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954; born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón) was a Mexican painter, born in Coyoacán, and perhaps best known for her self-portraits.

Kahlo's life began and ended in Mexico City, in her home known as the Blue House. She gave her birth date as July 7, 1910, but her birth certificate shows July 6, 1907. Kahlo had allegedly wanted the year of her birth to coincide with the year of the beginning of the Mexican revolution so that her life would begin with the birth of modern Mexico. At the age of six, Frida developed polio, which caused her right leg to appear much thinner than the other. It was to remain that way permanently. Her work has been celebrated in Mexico as emblematic of national and indigenous tradition, and by feminists for its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form.

Mexican culture and Amerindian cultural tradition are important in her work, which has been sometimes characterized as Naïve art or folk art. Her work has also been described as "surrealist", and in 1938 André Breton, principal initiator of the surrealist movement, described Kahlo's art as a "ribbon around a bomb".

Kahlo had a volatile marriage with the famous Mexican artist Diego Rivera. She suffered lifelong health problems, many of which derived from a traffic accident during her teenage years. These issues are represented in her works, many of which are self-portraits of one sort or another. Kahlo suggested, "I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best." She also stated, "I was born a bitch. I was born a painter."

art lives: Frida Kahlo (Channel 4)

entry type: Documentary
director: Ella Hershon and Roberto Guerra
producer: RM Arts and Channel 4, illuminations, arthaus
run time: 56 mins
size: 750 mb
release date: 1983


“The art of Frida Kahlo is like a ribbon around a bomb” – André Breton

Frida Kahlo is undoubtedly one of the most extraordinary and radical artists of the 20th century. This excellent film, directed by Ella Hershon and Roberto Guerra for RM Arts and Channel 4, was made in 1983 as a celebration of her life.

The narrative begins and ends at her ‘Blue’ house in Coyoacan, Mexico City, where Kahlo spent much of her life. At her death in 1954 her husband, muralist Diego Rivera, presented the house to the Mexican people. The house is now a museum dedicated to her life and work. Rivera is one of the shaping influences on Kahlo – a fiery, idealistic, sometimes philandering artist and Communist who Kahlo married, divorced and then married once again.

At the age of 18 Kahlo was involved in a horrendous accident while travelling by bus in Mexico City – she was to suffer the painful effects of the crash throughout her life. She sustained damage to her spine and abdomen and was confined to bed for many months. She began to paint self-portraits and portraits of close family members, as these were the only subjects on hand during her convalescence. Thus Kahlo’s painting had a uniquely painful genesis. Kahlo eventually painted over 700 self-portraits in her life, many of them dealing with pain, sexuality and fertility.

Because of the accident Kahlo was unable to have children and she suffered several miscarriages. The trauma at the root of her art is sensitively explored over the course of the documentary, alongside the idea that these beautiful paintings served in part as a substitute for motherhood. Using her journals, the film goes on to trace the last years of Kahlo’s life, finding that as her health deteriorated her attachment to objects, ideals and Rivera become only more intense. The viewer is also introduced to Kahlo as a political figure, and invited to consider the vital place she has come to occupy in Mexico’s artistic and political history.

Art Lives, from Arthaus, is a series of compelling documentaries about artists and art movements released for the first time on DVD in the English language.


WRITER Hayden Herrerra
NARRATOR Sada Thompson
EDITOR Caroline Emmonds
PRODUCER Wibke von Bonin
DIRECTOR Eila Hershon, Roberto Guerra

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the life and times of Frida Kahlo

entry type: Documentary
director: Amy Stechler
producer: Daylight Films
total episodes: 4
run time: 87 mins
size: mixed
release date: 2004


The Life And Times Of Frida Kahlo chronicles the life and art of the great Mexican painter as never before, framing Kahlo's life in relationship to the historical and cultural influences that inspired her and defined the first half of the 20th century. Kahlo became an international sensation in the world of modern art and radical politics. Her life was a drama of personal extremes lived against a backdrop of political, social and artistic revolution. The film is an intimate biography of a woman who gracefully blanced a private life of illness and pain against a public persona that was flamboyant, irreverent, and world-renowned. It documents the career of the first modern Mexican painter to hang in the Louvre, and looks at her ambiguous relationship to her contemporaries and to avant-garde art, from Cubism, to Surrealism to the Mexican Mural Movement.

The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo (premieres March 23, 2005 ? check local listings) is an intimate biography of a woman who gracefully balanced a private life of illness and pain against a public persona that was flamboyant, irreverent and world-renowned. Kahlo was an eyewitness to a unique pairing of revolution and renaissance that defined the times in which she lived. Through the prism of her life and art, the film explores the ancient culture of Mexico; the Mexican Revolution; the wildfire of communism that burned through Latin America in the 1920s and '30s; the innovators in painting, photography, filmmaking, writing and poetry that congregated in Mexico City; and the revival of interest in popular culture for which Kahlo has become a symbol.

Kahlo is best known for dozens of self-portraits through which she tells the story of her dramatic life. She was severely injured in a bus accident at 18, and her paintings reflect the debilitating effects she endured for the rest of her life: 35 operations, body casts, metal corsets, constant pain and the inability to bear a child. Kahlo's work also reflects her passionate love affairs (including a brief one with Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky), and her turbulent marriage to Mexican muralist painter Diego Rivera.

Award-winning filmmaker Amy Stechler of Daylight Films was granted unprecedented access to photographs, paintings, newsreels and home movies, many of which have never been published or broadcast. Stechler's research includes more than 20 interviews with principals in Kahlo's life, including Mexican authors Carlos Fuentes and Carlos Monsivais and Kahlo's principal biographer, Hayden Herrera.

"Three years ago, the only thing I knew about Frida Kahlo was that she was a painter who had a legendary, lifelong passion for another painter, and I assumed that he was a ravishing character," says Stechler. "Then I saw a newsreel clip of Diego Rivera painting a mural in Detroit. He was an ugly man with the face of a frog and narrow sloping shoulders, an enormous belly and tiny hands and feet. I became enthralled with the question: Who was this woman who adored him?"

The film was shot on location in Mexico where Kahlo lived and painted ? at the Casa Azul, her beloved blue home and studio; Xochimilco, the city of floating gardens; Rivera's San Angel studio; and San Ildefonso, where Kahlo attended Mexico's famed school, the Preparatoria.

The musical score was created entirely with traditional Mexican and period music. Some comes directly from old field or studio recordings found in archives in the United States and Mexico. The rest was recorded for the film in Mexico by contemporary folk musicians.

The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo is produced, directed and written by Amy Stechler, who co-produced, wrote and edited many of the early films of Ken Burns: “Brooklyn Bridge” (nominated for an Academy Award), “The Shakers: Hands to Work, Hearts to God” and “Huey Long.” Stechler also served as an editing consultant for “The Civil War”. She is president of Daylight Films. Maia Harris and Victor Zamudio-Taylor are the film's co-producers.

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Frida (film)

entry type:film
director: Julie Taymor
starring: Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina and Geoffrey Rush
producer: Handprint Entertainment, Lions Gate Films, Miramax Films
run time: 123 mins
size: 1.4 gb
release date: 2002


Frida is a 2002 biographical film which depicts the professional and private life of the surrealist Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. It stars Salma Hayek in her Academy Award nominated portrayal as Kahlo 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 (recipient: Elliot Goldenthal).

"Frida" chronicles the life Frida Kahlo shared unflinchingly and openly with Diego Rivera, as the young couple took the art world by storm. From her complex and enduring relationship with her mentor and husband to her illicit and controversial affair with Leon Trotsky, to her provocative and romantic entanglements with women, Frida Kahlo lived a bold and uncompromising life as a political, artistic, and sexual revolutionary. Frida Kahlo was a woman who endured a life of crippling pain caused by a trolley accident in her youth, yet her innate energy, passion and love of life - as well as her enormous abilities as a painter - allowed her to overcome that daunting obstacle to achieve a measure of fame and recognition. What she was not quite so successful in overcoming was her strenuous love/hate relationship with Rivera, which came to occupy her time and her life almost as much as her painting. In many ways, `Frida' is a typical artist bio, highly reminiscent of other recent films in the genre such as `Pollock' and `Surviving Picasso,' both of which also dealt with the serial philandering of their male artist figures. `Frida,' however, since it is focused more intensely on the woman's perspective, offers a few new insights into that seemingly inevitable theme. Frida, in many ways, prides herself on her independent, fiery nature, yet when Rivera becomes a part of her life, she quickly succumbs to his seductive charms. She marries Rivera even though she knows he is constitutionally incapable of remaining faithful to her. Thus, she sets herself up for a life of misery with a man she is utterly incapable of living without. That the relationship is one of utter co-dependency is demonstrated by the fact that Rivera, even after their numerous breakups, keeps coming back to his one true love.If for no other reason, `Frida' is worth seeing for the marvelous sense of history it provides, chronicling the turbulent period of the 1920's and 1930's when socialism was the `in' cause for the art world to rally around - at least until the arrival of Stalin when the pipe dream of a worker's state and a classless society fell victim to the murderous brutality of a regime more totalitarian in nature than the one it had replaced. Director Julie Taymor keeps the political issues of the era front and center, perfectly integrating them with the tumultuous relationship at the story's core. We witness, for instance, Rivera's struggle with Nelson Rockefeller when the latter commissions Rivera to paint a mural in one of his buildings. When Rockefeller, the personification of capitalism, balks at Rivera's glorification of Lenin in the painting, Rivera is forced to reexamine his own commitment to the cause he so vehemently espouses (the film makes an interesting companion piece to `The Cradle Will Rock' from a few years back). We also get to see some of the lip service paid by these artists to the socialist cause, as they live the good life among the elite pampered classes, often at the expense of the very workers whose rights they so loudly proclaim in their work.

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Frida, Naturaleza Viva (not English)

entry type:film
language:Spanish, Russian, French, German (English soft subs included)
director: Paul Leduc
starring: Ofelia Medina, Juan José Gurrola and Max Kerlow
producer: Clasa Films Mundiales
run time: 108 mins
size: 700 mb
release date: 1986


The most prominent female painter of Latin America, Frida Kahlo, is agonizing in her Coyoacán home. She evokes memories of her childhood, of the streetcar accident that caused her terrible pain and affliction, her friendship with Trotsky and painter Alfaro Siqueiros, her marriage to Diego Rivera, her miscarriage, her political commitment, her love affairs and the anticipated exhibition of her works.

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other online video clips about Frida Kahlo:

"Frida Kahlo: Her Art and Life" by Hayden Herrera
81 mins

Frid Kahlo Biography
6 parts 10 mins each

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