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|Frida Kahlo - La Cinta que Envuelve una Bomba |
The Ribbon That Ties the Bomb
Actors: Jesus Muñoz Delgado, Andrea Ferrari
Genres: Indie & Art House, Special Interests, Educational, Documentary
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sogno22 | CA | 09/21/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Si eres un fan de Frida Kahlo o quieres aprender un poco mas de su vida y pintura realmente te recomiendo este DVD. Contiene videos nunca vistos. Es facil de entender y seguir. Realmente lo recomiendo."
A Radical For Her Time
Alejandra Vernon | 02/07/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have seen a few movies about Frida Kahlo in my time, but this short documentary has been the best so far. It gets down to the facts about her life quickly. It reveals more about her life, growing up in the midst of the Mexican Revolution, her terrible bus accident in 1925 that nearly chopped her in half. At age 21 she joins the Communist party and meets the famous muralist Diego Rivera. It talks about her affairs with women and Leon Trotsky. How her love for Diego was special and went beyond infidelity since they divorced and remarried (although kept separate quarters). She was willing to accept that he was a womanizer, and he just cared for her too much so they learned to make the best out of their unusual relationship/marriage.
What I found interesting was that she mentions in the documentary that she did not think she was painting art intentionally, but only what she was feeling. As her pain (emotional and physical) progressed her art became better. Salvador Dali was the one that told her she was a "surrealist", and gave her a special set of earrings of some little hands.
Eventually she begins to drink to curb her pain, and they amputate the leg that was affected with polio as a child. When she expired at the age of 47 in 1954, they claimed it was a form of pulmonary disease, but others say it was most likely an overdose of painkillers.
I recommend this documentary if you are a Frida fan, because so far it seems to be the most accurate. I have been avoiding the new Hollywood production with Selma Hayek, since it got bad reviews and there is supposed to be too much unnecessary nudity.
This dvd is in Spanish with English subtitles, and it did loose some during the translation as I was listening and trying to read at the same time.
An Excellent Portrait of an Artist
Alejandra Vernon | Long Beach, California | 07/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
""La cinta que envuelve una bomba" is a Mexican documentary of one of their finest artists, the great Frida Kahlo, who in her tumultuous but short life span of 47 years, added her unique and brilliant voice to the art history of Mexico, and the world. In an age when a woman artist was rarity, she gained fame for her work in the US and Europe, and this film shows many of her better known pieces, as well as some that are seldom seen.
Her tragic life, starting with polio as a child, her devastating accident with a tram, and what she would call her "other accident," her life with Diego Rivera, are all well covered, with some marvelous still photographs, and film footage. Two moments I have never seen before tell significant stories in their body language: One is in color, with Frida and Diego sitting together. Frida is fixing her hair and kissing Diego, and in another segment, she is on a balcony with a shy and hesitant woman. In the first scene she is the subservient one, in the latter she makes a show of being the domineering one. It is two sides of Frida, captured by the camera for all time.
Directed by Jesus Muñoz Delgado, with narration by Jose Lavat, the voice of Frida is done by Andrea Ferrari, and original music by Eugenio Tussaint. Among the people who are interviewed in this documentary are biographers Martha Zamora and Hayden Herrera, psychologist Anando Almazan, historians Teresa del Conde, and Olivier Debroise, journalist Ana Cecilia Trevino, and painter (and former Khalo student) Arturo Garcia Bustos.
In Spanish with subtitles (with the exception of the excerpts with Herrera, who speaks in English), total running time for this excellent documentary is 60 minutes.
Rochelle | 12/29/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is primarily a narration that could have been done in English rather than Spanish. The screen consists primarily of Frida's art and photographs that you can't satisfactorily enjoy because you are busy reading the English subtitles while the narration is in Spanish."