In 1984, Saul Zaentz, Peter Shaffer and Milos Forman collaborated inbringing a truly remarkable life to the silver screen. The story ofWolfgangAmadeus Mozart, through the eyes of rival composer, Antonio Salieri. Thefilm is complete with an insightful script (courtesy of Mr. Shaffer),magnificent acting, wondrous sets and costume designs, incrediblechoreography (thanks to Twyla Tharp), and, above all, the glorious musicofMozart himself.<br><br>The movie of Salieri's life, through which Mozart played an integral part,is told in flashback mode, beginning in around the year 1822. An old andperhaps emotionally disturbed Antonio Salieri attempts suicide, and indoingso, apologizes for killing Mozart some 31 years earlier. He survives andisadmitted to an insane asylum, where he tells a young priest his tale ofjealousy and mediocrity.<br><br>The priest is fascinated and alternately troubled by the lengthy andemotional story. Salieri tells of growing up in Italy with a father whodidnot care for music; and how he rejoiced for the chance to go to Viennaafterhis father's untimely death. He tells of how he first had met the youngMozart, and how immature and dirty minded Mozart was. He also tells of how"The Creature" had an intimate relationship with the girl that Salieri hadcared for. Most importantly, however, he confided in the priest that hehadlearned to hate God for giving him a deep love of music, only to deny himthe talent to create truly memorable music. He thought God had given himMozart to mock him. Salieri's heart filled with such rage, such hatred andsuch jealousy, that he had vowed to himself to make God an enemy and tokillthe young Mozart.<br><br>As the movie moves along, carrying with it a deep sadness of the humancondition, it also celebrates life by giving the audience joyous music,wonderful atmosphere and a general appreciation of humanity for not onlyeighteenth century Europe, but in any age where music speaks for ouremotions.<br><br>The movie won eight Academy Awards in March of 1985. The only reason itdidnot win nine was that Tom Hulce was nominated for best actor instead ofbestsupporting actor. He actually was in a supporting role, and in a strangetwist of irony, F. Murray Abraham won the best actor statuette; citingprobably the only time when Salieri beat out Mozart inanything.<br><br>The movie itself was shot in Prague where Milos Forman said "(It) is a gembecause it's possible to pivot the camera a full three hundred and sixtydegrees and never encounter a modern vision." Very few new sets had to bebuilt, as the scenes and buildings they found were quite often apropos totheir needs.<br><br>Amadeus works well on virtually every cinematic plane that exists. It is amasterpiece that must be viewed multiple times to receive what the filmhasto offer. The emotions of humanity, through the eyes of the troubledSalieri, indeed speak for all of mediocrity. He is their champion andtheirking.
Biography / Drama
Biography / Drama
Antonio Salieri believes that Mozart's music is divine. He wishes he was himself as good a musician as Mozart so that he can praise the Lord through composing. But he can't understand why God favored Mozart, such a vulgar creature, to be his instrument. Salieri's envy has made him an enemy of God whose greatness was evident in Mozart. He is set to take revenge.
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