Freddie Mercury: a selection of favorite films of the legend Queen ...
The biopic Bohemian Rhapsody brought the story of Queen to the silver screen. However, Freddie Mercury's favorite films also reveal the secrets of his personal life... Perhaps you didn't know, but Freddie adored films: this passion woke up in him as a child, when he visited film clubs as a boy to watch John Gielgud and Laurence Olivier... Being a superstar, Mercury is very slept little: he sacrificed hours of nightly rest for the sake of ... watching movie masterpieces! And he also had favorites, idols, among which is the magnificent Burt Reynolds! Today we will remember the most beloved films of the Queen legend, which can rightly be called masterpieces of their era!
Freddie was delighted with the charming Marlene Dietrich, who played one of the main roles in the 1932 film “Shanghai Express” ... It is in this movie that Dietrich says: “It took more than one person to make me a Shanghai lily ...” Mercury really liked this statement ... And yes : Queen copied Dietrich's pose, captured in a photo from the set, during a photo shoot for Queen II ...
"Evening at the Opera"
Did you know that Queen named several albums - A Night at the Opera and A Day At The Races - after the Marx Brothers' wild comedy musicals? And indeed it is! As Mercury himself said, “these guys cheered up the whole group!” It is noteworthy that Queen personally met with Groucho Marx, who approved of their choice regarding the names of the records ... He also played a song for them on the guitar, which the musicians were amazed at ...
Mercury loved director George Cukor's work! So, in the late 70s, Freddie even acted out excerpts from the movie "Camilla" in the London garden. However, the most favorite film of the musician was a comedy called "Women" in 1939. It tells the story of the sweet girl Mary, who lost her husband due to the fault of the vampire Joan Crawford (who was brilliantly played by Crystal Allen).
"Only Girls in Jazz"
Probably, this masterpiece of cinema needs no introduction ... This film has become one of the best with the participation of the charming Marilyn Monroe! According to the memoirs of Roger Taylor, it has always been Freddie's favorite film ... By the way: this romantic comedy, in which Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis disguise themselves as women in order to deceive bandits, was recognized as the best ever created!
Peter Freestone, then Mercury's personal assistant, said:
“... for Freddie, Marilyn was a true icon ... He admired her. He claimed that the studios were only half using her great talent ... And he was happy as a child when they brought him a Monroe T-shirt ... "
"Imitation of Life"
"Imitation of Life" is a cult film of the late 50s. According to the recollections of loved ones, at the end of his life, Mercury mostly lay on the couch in Montreux, revisiting the story of Lana Turner in the film Imitation of Life. This melodrama by Douglas Sirk tells the story of a young actress Meredith and her friendship with a poor black woman, Annie Johnson, played by Juanita Moore...
This is another Freddie's favorite creation of cinema: the action of "Cabaret" takes place in Berlin in the 30s! The main role was played by Liza Minnelli: her character, Sally Bowles, is a singer in the famous Kit Kat Klub. Later Freddie will say:
“I love anything to do with cabaret… In fact, this is my first source of inspiration! And I really admire the talent of Liza Minnelli ... What she does around the microphone is pure energy, fantastic! Surely you may have noticed a certain similarity in the excitement and energy of the Queen show with the fabulous atmosphere of a cabaret ... "
In turn, after the death of the Queen frontman, Minnelli said:
“I performed at Wembley Stadium in honor of Freddie ... He will forever remain one of the best in history ...”
"The Rocky Horror Picture Show"
Freddie first saw this musical at the Royal Court Theater in Chelsea, London. After watching the film version of the cult classic, he was fascinated and delighted by Tim Curry's choreography, his sexuality and charisma ... "It's an atmosphere of complete excess," said Mercury. Subsequently, the two became good friends!
It's no secret that Mercury admired the boundless talent of another musical genius - Prince! And the fact that one of his favorite films was "Purple Rain" is not surprising. Here is what Peter Freestone had to say about it:
“Usually, when Freddie had guests in the evenings, he made them watch this movie with Prince, Purple Rain, over and over again ... He also adored this self-titled album: it seemed that he could listen to it endlessly!”
Freddie, like the rest of the Queen group, was a big fan of Star Wars and everything related to science fiction and intergalactic adventures ... So, Flash Gordon turned out to be one of the few films for which the musicians recorded the soundtrack!
Russell Mulcahy's cult film starring Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery! From the memoirs of John Deacon:
"When we watched the 20-minute cut, we all thought, 'This is really cool!'"
The director of the film, Mulcahy, said:
"Queen did great music for Flash Gordon, so we gave them a 20-minute video with different scenes and they were like, 'Wow!'"