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Published on Oct 26, 2012
PBS America | Sky 534 | Virgin Media 243 | pbsamerica.co.uk
Almost 50 years after her death, Frida Kahlo is acclaimed as one of the great painters of the 20th century. Amy Stechler's intimate biography profiles a woman who balanced a private life of illness and pain with a flamboyant and irreverent public persona.
Born in Mexico in 1907, Frida became an international sensation in the world of modern art and radical politics. At times a socialist and revolutionary, she counted Leon Trotsky among her lovers but Nelson Rockefeller and Henry Ford among her friends. Living through political upheaval throughout her life in Mexico, she remained in her home country while her international fame grew -- she was the first modern Mexican artist to have her work exhibited at the Louvre in Paris. Although plagued by ill health since contracting polio at the age of six and later being involved in a horrific traffic accident as a teenager, Kahlo remained a vibrant force in art and political circles, a symbol of empowerment for women and for the disabled. The influence of traditional Latino culture on her work has led to her recognition as a figurehead for its revival.
This fascinating film features interviews with many of Kahlo's friends, including author and historian Carlos Fuentes, along with a broad visual archive of her life, including photographs, movie clips and paintings from collections across the US and Mexico.