RAA shows movie “Frida” on Wednesday, March 1

RAA shows movie “Frida” on Wednesday, March 1


​The Rossmoor Art Association will screen the 2002 film, Frida, starring Salma Hayek, at its monthly meeting, Wednesday, March 1. The screening will be in Peacock Hall at 1:00 pm. Refreshments will follow the film in nearby Art Studio Two.
The film follows the colorful, often tumultuous life of the surrealist Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo, including her marriage—no, make that marriages, plural—to Diego Rivera.
Kahlo met Rivera as a teenage girl and decided then he was the man for her. She later sought him out to critique her artwork, and thus began their famous relationship. Rivera was Kahlo’s greatest supporter as an artist, but also maybe her greatest tormenter as a person.
Kahlo suffered polio as a child. Then at age 18, she was in a near-fatal bus accident that fractured her pelvis and left her in pain for the remainder of her life. She began painting during her recovery, and channeled the pain of her injury and her personal life in her painting. Many of her paintings were self-portraits combining vivid colors and a juxtaposition of arresting images.
Kahlo’s first solo exhibition was in Mexico in 1953, just a few months before her death. Her art has grown in popularity ever since, and has been exhibited world-wide.
“Frida” stars Salma Hayek as Kahlo, Alfred Molina as Rivera, and Geoffrey Rush as Trotsky, one of Rivera’s friends and symbols and Kahlo’s lovers. Hayek was instrumental in the more than 10-year campaign to get Hollywood to make this film. The film is directed by Julie Taymor, who also directed the award-winning Broadway musical, The Lion King.

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