The documentary “The Last Act” tells everything that was left out in “Bohemian Rhapsody” – that is, the last years and days of Freddie Mercury.
The focus here is not Live Aid 1985, but the story of the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for Aids Awareness, a tribute from the remaining members of the rock band Queen to their late striker Freddie Mercury. The concert was held on April 20, 1992 at Wembley Stadium, London.
“Freddie Mercury: The Last Act” tells Art, today from 9:45pm, the story of the talented Queen for the first time without censorship. Beyond the experiences of people living with HIV and those who have lost loved ones to the effects of AIDS, doctors, HIV survivors, and human rights activists, including Peter Tatchell, describe the intense early years of the epidemic in the 1980s as morality. The discussions that came with it.
In the late 1980s, Freddie Mercury secretly contracted AIDS, which fueled anti-gay behavior and claimed hundreds of thousands of lives. After Mercury’s death, public acceptance of this disease, which at first was strictly taboo, accelerated.
A huge tribute to Freddie Mercury at Wembley
The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert was one of the largest concerts in history, an event estimated to have been televised to nearly a billion people in 76 countries. The ceremony also had a social impact. It came at a critical time when a more sensitive and informed approach to AIDS could be achieved.
The documentary features a first comprehensive interview with Mercury’s sister Kashmira Bulsara as well as talks with the party’s protagonists. It tells the story of a tragedy that eventually led to important public debates. Stars who attended the ceremony included Gary Chiron (Xtreme), Roger Daltrey (The Who), Joe Elliott (Def Leppard), Lisa Stansfield and Paul Young, as well as event promoter Harvey Goldsmith.
At Arte, Friday evening – as always, today too – belongs to the music. After the Freddie Mercury documentary, from 11:15 p.m., the cultural broadcaster will broadcast another tribute to the Italian disco sound of the ’80s. The collected archive material is lovingly coupled with interviews with artists and heroes of that era. These include Sabrina Salerno, Johnson Regera, the Savage and the La Buonda brothers, as well as DJs and experts, including DJ Hill and Mathias Modica.
Musical evening on Arte goes with Italo Disco and Prince He lives tracking
This documentary follows a live recording of Prince’s concert from his 1985 “Purple Rain” tour in Syracuse (12:30 a.m.). The band played songs from the 1999 and Purple Rain albums such as Let’s Go Crazy, Little Red Corvette, I Would Die 4 U, When Doves Cry and The Beautiful Ones. The grand finale of the ceremony was a live version of the legendary title “Purple Rain,” which lasted nearly twenty minutes.
List of songs for the Prince’s Concert in Syracuse:
let’s go Crazy
Little Red Corvette
take me with u
Yankee Doodle Dandy
May my love
How come you don’t call me anymore
Let’s pretend we’re married
the beautiful one
When dove cry
I will die 4 yo
Baby I’m a star
Notes: “Freddy Mercury – The Last Act” is available online until September 26th via Arte.tv, the Italo-Disco Documentary until September 11th and Prince’s performance until October 26th.
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