[Marxism] Re: From Marxmail home (Clancy Sigal and Frida)

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue May 3 11:11:40 MDT 2005

>Well, I didn't, like Frida, one bit.  Really.  Since the film tries to be 
>a synthesis of commerce and art,
>take Salma out of it and try selling it.  No way.  Not even as an "art 
>film."  Not even to the cult
>of Kahloists.  Bad acting, bad script.
>And Trotsky a "more literary Stalin"?  Seems to me Clancy may have read 
>some Trotsky but
>has understood very little of what he read, and even less of the 
>historical forces at work
>in and on the Russian Revolution.  Maybe now that he's not a boy he should 
>give it another read.
>He says re Trotsky-- "What authoritarianism"  which is exactly my question 
>to him "What
>It's a bad movie, using pity and pathos even as Kahlo herself rejects them.

Let me repeat that PBS aired a very fine documentary on Frida Kahlo 
recently. You can order a video or dvd from 

Here's a page devoted to the show: http://www.pbs.org/weta/fridakahlo/life/



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