At this point everyone knows here what a " biopic " is. In fact, the high institutions of the Spanish language already recommend us, with their particular passive-aggressive form, to use "biographical film, better than biopic ." They even propose that if we feel playful, we use " biopeli ". Yes, although the term "biopeli" feeds the sensation that the film will help you go to the bathroom and replace the lactobacillus of your intestine.
But the case that attacks us is another: Is Hollywood reliable when it comes to reconstructing the history of our favorite bands? Short answer: no. Long answer: no, but we are so in love with our favorite groupings and the emotional pastiche they sell us, that we don't care how much they lie or what they are left untold.
Bohemian Rhapsody (Bryan Singer, 2018)
The Beatles or the Rolling ? Obviously the answer is Queen . And it could not be another. And finally, after a long wait, his official movie arrived, only with a few variations:
- Freddie Mercury did not appear to Roger Tylor and Brian May after the concert in which Tim Staffel gave up singing in Smile . Mercury was already living with May and Taylor when Tim left the group, and they already knew about Mercury's ambition to join the band.
-Which was not from the beginning the happy family we all know. In fact, John Deacon was not the band's first bass player, a few passed between the foundation of this band and Deacon's first live in July 71.
- Paul Prenter , Freddie's former manager , portrayed in the film as the evil one, was fired after, not before, the famous Live Aid , cosmic zenith of the film. They put him on the street in 87 after selling his story to The Sun.
-No one got angry because Mercury also sang solo. Roger Taylor, the drummer, had already recorded his own proposal without the band, Fun in Space , years before. Hollywood dramatized over the account again.
-The Live Aid , was not a twilight meeting of the band after a time of distance and silence. In fact, the last performance of the promotional tour of his previous album was only eight weeks before Live Aid.
The Dirt (Jeff Tremaine, 2019)
If there is a good sense for words like "pig" or "obscene", we owe it to Mötley Crüe , who also had his biopic , not devoid of sex drugs and biographical rabbits.
-The dismissal of Doc McGhee , musical manager of the band, does not match the official story of Mötley Crüe . Cool how it happened in real life! In the movie, Nikki Sixx gets angry when Doc tries to reunite him with his mother, but the facts were different. Doc was fired because the band felt humiliated by being proposed by McGhee as supporters of another of the bands he represented: the hateful Bon Jovi . It happened at the Moscow Music Peace Festival in 1989. It was then that Tommy Lee , drummer of Mötley, in his words, looked for Doc, found him behind the scenes, walked towards him and pushed him into his "fat little chest" until he landed on the floor.
Straight Outta Compton (F. Gary Gray, 2015)
Straight Outta Compton tells the entertaining story of NWA , one of the coolest gangs and gangs in hip hop history. But I am very afraid that the "biopeli" omitted a detail.
- Dr. Dre , a member of the band, is as popular for his rap skills as for some stories of violence involving his girlfriend Michelle, Tarri B , a former colleague by profession, and television personality Dee Barnes . These less salable stories and this unpleasant aspect of Dre were omitted in the film. When Dre, as Dee Barnes defended in front of the cameras, "made explicit statements in his lyrics about all these atrocities he made to women. And then he went out and raped other women. Straight Outta Compton makes you believe he never does. Straight Outta Compton makes them look like good guys. "
Ray (Taylor Hackford, 2004)
Ray Charles began to lose his vision at the age of 5 and at age 7 he was already blind as a mole. Even so, he put on sunglasses and built a legend about his person and his music, which was taken years later to the movies with Jamie Foxx playing his role:
-The film neglects the story of one of Ray's father's ex-wives, Mary Jane , who seems to have influenced the musical tastes of the protagonist quite a bit, while his true mother, Aretha , taught him to fend for himself as blind.
-The author's jazz aspect is totally minimized and eclipsed by his soul hits.
-The movie ends up leaving us with the idea that Ray ended up living a blissful and buoyant marriage with his wife Della , and away from drug use. However, the couple ended up divorcing in 1976 and Charles continued giving him the drink and the mary until his death, blind lost.
On the tightrope (James Mangold, 2005)
The toughest guy, the toughest guy, the one with the serious gesture, the one who always came dressed in black, he's Johnny Cash , the most country folk thing the United States has given birth to. His biopic Walk the Line was known in Spain as On the Tightrope and in Latin America as Johnny and June: Passion and Madness . Simply about his truthfulness two of Cash's daughters gave their opinion to the media.
- Kathy Cash dissatisfied with how her mother was represented in the film criticized in The Tennessean : "My mother was basically an absence in the entire movie, except when she plays crazy psycho for a second claiming she hates her career. That's not true She loved his career and was proud of him until he started using drugs and stopped coming home. "
- Rossanne Cash added to her sister's criticism that the film reduced her father's complicated life to a love triangle and made it clear to The Guardian what the tape hurt and how unrecognizable the characters that starred it seemed to her. "It's a Hollywood movie, very complex stories reduced to a few hours, how could they have shown the details of the truth?"
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