As I Was Saying/Writing/Posting/Whatever …. Salma Hayek in “Frida” Is, Well, You Know … ….

Salma Hayek in Frida - She Kissed A Girl (And She Liked It)
Salma Hayek in Frida – She Kissed A Girl (And She Liked It)

According to director Julie Taymor (on a DVD featurette) the title role in Frida  calls for an actress who can be “outrageous, tenacious, very feminine, very vulnerable, very obsessive in her love for her man; to be macabre and grotesque and yet exquisitely beautiful.”

You could say  Salma Hayek needed some of those qualities just to snare the lead role  in this production  (and use her considerable determination and sense of purpose  to get this film made.)  In the process she earned Academy Award and Golden Globe acting nominations and proved she was more than just a spicy piece of  eye candy.

In one scene Ms. Hayek as Frida  tells sometime lover Leon Trotsky (played by Geoffrey Rush) about her numerous operations: “I’ve been cut into, rebroke and reset so many times I’m like a jigsaw puzzle.”

(from l. to r.) Geoffrey Rush as Trotsky, Salma Hayek as Frida Kahlo & Alfred Molina as Diego Rivera
(from l. to r.) Geoffrey Rush as Trotsky, Salma Hayek as Frida Kahlo & Alfred Molina as Diego Rivera

Thanks to Ms. Hayek and her dedicated crew of craftsmen – many of whom are interviewed on the two-disc DVD – all of the pieces fit together to form a portrait of a complex, gifted, passionate and intriguing woman and her dark, singular art.

(Yes, the film is available on Netflix but one thing I miss about DVDs is the behind-the-scenes interviews and features.

Salma Hayek in Frida and (in black & white) the real Frida Kahlo
Salma Hayek in Frida and (in black & white) the real Frida Kahlo
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