Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live In Budapest ‘86

Director János Zsombolyai
Canada, Hungary, United States / 92 min. / 2012 / English

Ok, so maybe Queen didn’t invent stadium cock-rcok, but as you can see here they did it large. Very effin’ large. 1986, 80,000 Hungarian fans, pyrotechnics a go-go, Freddie Mercury and rock riffs that would stop a train dead in its tracks. Saturday night fever.




This film, shot in 1986, open with a dizzying sequence, where a platform is being raised for a Queen concert. From there we move to the massive attendance of 80.000 Hungarian fans and the party gets going. Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live in Budapest contains all the standard 80’s Queen concert gimmicks, crazy fireworks, convulsive and never-ending solos by Brian May, Freddy Mercury and his jogging gymnastics (dressed in his trademark top notch tracksuit), overwhelming light shows and rock riffs that could stop a train.  The string of hits (“One vision”, “Radio GaGa”, “We are the Champions” and dozens more) are complemented with interludes of Mr. Mercury buying decorative nick-nacks for his mansion, Mercury doing a sound check (wearing splendid canary yellow trackies) Mercury greeting his fans…But the components of a Marathon are all to be found in the concert, (colossal volumes and endless songs). Queen did not invent stadium cock rock, but as verified here, they sure did it large. Effin’ large. 

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