ブライアン・メイ、フレディ・マーキ
ュリーの生誕地ザンジバルで聖地巡礼

クイーンのブライアン・メイは最近、奥さんと共に、フレディ・マーキュリーが誕生したザンジバルを訪問したそうだ。
ブライアンは先週、フレディが幼いころ住んでいた家や彼が通っていた学校、誕生した病院の前で撮った写真をインスタグラムに投稿した。

いまはホテルになっているらしい『フレディ・マーキュリー・ハウス』との看板がある建物の前で撮影した写真には「ザンジバル!!! 石の街。これは、フレディと彼の妹カシミラが幼いころ住んでいた建物だ。聖地巡礼!!!」と、学校の画像には「フレディの学校。フレディの可愛い妹カシミラの手引きと、ザンジバルでの僕らの素晴らしいガイドAbdulのおかげで、僕らはフレディの少年時代の足跡をたくさん辿ることができた。これは、僕の長年の夢だったんだ。みんなとシェアできて嬉しいよ」とコメントしている。
病院をとらえた写真では「フレディ出生の地。ようやく。1946年9月5日、ジャー&ボミ・バルサラのもとにファルークが誕生した病院だ。これを見つけたのには興奮した」と綴っている。
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ZANZIBAR. Freddie’s birthplace. Finally. The hospital where Farrokh was born to Jer and Bomi Bulsara on the 5th September 1946. And later his sister Kashmira in the same place. It was a thrill for me to find it. ????????????????So did we do our friend justice in the recent movie we ‘uncled’ ? Some of the comments on my previous post about the ‘accuracy’ of the Bohemian Rhapsody film make me realise that many people don’t understand what ‘accurate’ means in the context of a biopic - rather than a documentary. Stop and think about it. You’re trying to portray 20 years in two hours of screen time. And you have a story you want to tell about the emotional and spiritual journey of a man in the context of his family and friends, and his entire life’s work. You want to tell the story honestly, decently, without avoiding any important issues, yet without gratuitous prurient detail. You want it to make sense to people of all races, colours, sexual proclivities and ages. And, crucially, you want it to be entertaining, emotionally inspiring, or else why bother ?! Think about the vast amount of situations and millions of words actually spoken in that 20 years. There is no way to tell your story without compressing timescales, moving events around, condensing multiple conversations over years into single scenes, amalgamating characters, and basically LEAVING 99.9 per cent of what actually happened OUT !!! A few armchair critics think, by comparing the film’s narrative with scraps that they’ve picked up from press stories, unauthorised biographies, etc, that they see ‘mistakes’ ? I can assure you all that not a single, word, action, emotion in Bohemian Rhapsody is there by accident, or for any other reason than to provide an insight, a clue to the big picture, a brush stroke in a coherent portrait of a man and his life and dreams. The fact that this movie has become by far the most successful biopic in history tells me that we - or actually the whole BR team - on the whole - got it right. ???????????????? Thanks for the overwhelming support so many of you folks have given me on this - I’m very touched. I have great pals. OK pals - we’ve all said our bit - shall we move on ? ???? Bri

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移動の飛行機の中では、映画『ボヘミアン・ラプソディ』を見ることができたらしい。しかしエアライン(オマーン・エア)のお国柄、キス・シーンやフレディがメアリー・オースティンに“告白”するところなどがカットされており、「この映画にあるメッセージの多くが失われているように感じた。悲しくなった」という。
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Great movies on this plane ! ???? “Bohemian Rhapsody”, eh ?! I had to take a look at it - to check out how much our movie had been ‘expurgated’ for showing on Oman Air. Yep - they sure hacked away it - no kissing, no ‘bollocks’, and Freddie wasn’t even allowed to quite get to the point of ‘confessing’ to Mary - though it was pretty clear what the scene was about. By the end I really did feel that a lot of the film’s message was lost. Which made me sad. But then again, a lot of the good stuff DID come across even in this version. And - you know - it’s easy to get all superior and disapproving about this stuff - but it wasn’t so long ago that The Rolling Stones were only allowed to perform on the USA’s Ed Sullivan Show if they changed “Let’s Spend the Night Together” to “Let’s Spend Some Time Together” !! Don’t believe me ? Check it out on YouTube ! Maybe we’re not so liberal and progressive as we think we are ! Or maybe, for every nation, it takes time and tolerance and ... compromise ? To get to a good place. One of the things I’ve learned from animal campaigning is that shouting doesn’t always get you what you want. Bri ????????????????Thanks folks - I’ve enjoyed reading your comments. I don’t usually have time - but today I’m a captive audience and - I’ve learned a thing or two from this. Take care out there. We SHALL overcome. Bri

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ZANZIBAR. Freddie’s birthplace. Finally. The hospital where Farrokh was born to Jer and Bomi Bulsara on the 5th September 1946. And later his sister Kashmira in the same place. It was a thrill for me to find it. ????????????????So did we do our friend justice in the recent movie we ‘uncled’ ? Some of the comments on my previous post about the ‘accuracy’ of the Bohemian Rhapsody film make me realise that many people don’t understand what ‘accurate’ means in the context of a biopic - rather than a documentary. Stop and think about it. You’re trying to portray 20 years in two hours of screen time. And you have a story you want to tell about the emotional and spiritual journey of a man in the context of his family and friends, and his entire life’s work. You want to tell the story honestly, decently, without avoiding any important issues, yet without gratuitous prurient detail. You want it to make sense to people of all races, colours, sexual proclivities and ages. And, crucially, you want it to be entertaining, emotionally inspiring, or else why bother ?! Think about the vast amount of situations and millions of words actually spoken in that 20 years. There is no way to tell your story without compressing timescales, moving events around, condensing multiple conversations over years into single scenes, amalgamating characters, and basically LEAVING 99.9 per cent of what actually happened OUT !!! A few armchair critics think, by comparing the film’s narrative with scraps that they’ve picked up from press stories, unauthorised biographies, etc, that they see ‘mistakes’ ? I can assure you all that not a single, word, action, emotion in Bohemian Rhapsody is there by accident, or for any other reason than to provide an insight, a clue to the big picture, a brush stroke in a coherent portrait of a man and his life and dreams. The fact that this movie has become by far the most successful biopic in history tells me that we - or actually the whole BR team - on the whole - got it right. ???????????????? Thanks for the overwhelming support so many of you folks have given me on this - I’m very touched. I have great pals. OK pals - we’ve all said our bit - shall we move on ? ???? Bri

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