Aztec, Gary Jennings, 1980
Written as a series of letters from the Bishop of New Spain to King Carlos of Spain, this riveting story of historical fiction chronicles the life of an Aztec citizen during the rise and fall of the Aztec Empire. Jennings remains true to the historical events and geographical details of the time period, while augmenting the story with a touch of scandal.
Frida, Julie Taymor, 2002
Salma Hayek was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in this film, which details the professional and personal life of the famed artist Frida Kahlo. The story sheds light on Kahlo’s tumultuous relationship with Diego Rivera, which served as inspiration for much of her artwork.