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Queen memorialized in “Bohemian Rhapsody”

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Queen memorialized in “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Freddie Mercury performing in New Haven, CT, November 1977.

Freddie Mercury performing in New Haven, CT, November 1977.

PHOTO COURTESY OF CARL LENDER/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Freddie Mercury performing in New Haven, CT, November 1977.

PHOTO COURTESY OF CARL LENDER/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

PHOTO COURTESY OF CARL LENDER/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Freddie Mercury performing in New Haven, CT, November 1977.

By Jessica Irrera, MANAGING EDITOR

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame title holder and 1970s English rock band Queen is memorialized in writer Anthony McCarten’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” a biographical film that gives fans and audiences a view into the iconic, flamboyant lifestyle of lead singer Freddie Mercury.
The film follows Farrokh Bulsara, known as Freddie Mercury before he took on his stage name and began his musical journey with bandmates Brian May, Roger Tyler, and John Deacon.
Mercury, played by Rami Malek, enters the film as a young Parsi-British man living in London with his traditional family and a big dream of escaping his father’s pressure to pursue a more conventional job and lifestyle.
Mercury is quickly offered a lead-singers position for a band after a short, impressive audition early in the film outside of a local bar which initiates the creation of the iconic stage presence of Freddie Mercury.
The first few scenes of the movie depict Mercury and his bandmates as local performers hoping to make it big. It goes on to show the development of Freddie Mercury’s larger-than-life character and Queen’s ongoing battle to produce content and become one of the world’s most popular rock bands.The creation of the six-minute, two-time number-one hit song on the UK Singles Chart “Bohemian Rhapsody” and its album, “A Night at the Opera” are key components of the film and of the bands’ career. These events dominate a significant portion of the film.

“The film keeps the essence of Freddie Mercury and the talent of Queen alive.”

The difficult pitches, the operatic music score and Freddie Mercury’s desire for perfection are what awarded the band and the album the Hall of Fame title.
Mercury’s diagnosis of AIDS cut his musical career short in 1991 when he died in the privacy of his family and late partner Jim Hutton.
Queen’s performance at the Live Aid benefit concert in 1985 was performed in the film as a shot-for-shot remake to commemorate Freddie Mercury’s emblematic outfit, performance, and overall musical career.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” encapsulates Freddie Mercury’s revolutionary performance style and Queen’s fame and popularity through the 1970s and 1980s. The film keeps the essence of Freddie Mercury and the talent of Queen alive.

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