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3 Essential Music Biopics

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Ray - 2004

3 Essential Music Biopics

Music has played a pivotal role in cinema; one cannot imagine a film without a soundtrack. But there are some directors also inspired by legendary figures of music to the point of creating a film about them. Celebrating the premiere of A Sicilian Dream, a biopic of the Italian artist Franco Battiato, we have selected three essential music biopics you should see.

Ray - 2004

One of the most acclaimed music biopics of all time, Ray tells the story of the life and career of the legendary rhythm and blues musician, Ray Charles, from his humble beginnings in the South of the United States, where he went blind at age seven, to his meteoric rise to stardom during the 1950s and 1960s.

Directed by Taylor Hackford, and starring Jamie Foxx in the title role, Ray received a wealth of positive reviews, with most of the praise going to Jamie Foxx's performance. Foxx was awarded the Academy Award for Best Actor as well as the Golden Globe, BAFTA, Screen Actors Guild, and Critics' Choice awards, becoming the second actor to win all five major lead actor awards for the same performance.

Bohemian Rhapsody – 2018

Starring Golden Globe nominee Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody follows the rise to fame of the legendary Queen singer, Freddie Mercury. The movie chronicles the band’s early days, problems, recording processes and mind-blowing concerts leading up to Queen's legendary appearance at the Live Aid concert.

Bohemian Rhapsody has become a massive box office success, grossing over $637 million worldwide on a production budget of about $50 million, the highest-grossing musical biographical film of all time. The film has received nominations for a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, while Malek received nominations for the Golden Globe Award, the Critics' Choice Award and the Screen Actors Guild Award, among others.

The Doors – 1991

There are few rock bands as mystical as The Doors, and that is why the great Oliver Stone decided to venture into a biographical film on the band. Starring Val Kilmer as Morrison and Meg Ryan as Pamela Courson, the movie tells the story of the famous and influential 1960s rock band, The Doors, and its lead singer and composer from his days as a UCLA film student in Los Angeles, to his untimely death in Paris in 1971 at the age of 27.

The film portrays Morrison as the larger-than-life icon of 1960s rock and roll, the counterculture, and the drug-using free love, hippie lifestyle. But the depiction goes beyond the iconic: his alcoholism, interest in hallucinogenic drugs as sources of inspiration, and his growing obsession with death are threads woven throughout the film. The movie was not well-received by his band mates, close friends, and family, due to its depiction of Morrison.

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