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The incredible story of genius musician Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told in flashback by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri - now confined to an insane asylum.
I don't understand why this movie isn't higher rated. What criticism could possibly be raised about this flawless masterpiece?
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Firstly, you will never find a movie with more beautiful, breathtaking music. Simply stunning. Even for non classical fans, it is captivating.
Despite its title, it is the story of Salieri, the composer who reveres and yet hates Mozart for his genius. He lives his life in the shadow of Mozarts superior talent, and is driven mad by it. He can't fathom why God blessed Mozart with superior talent, a man who is in no way as pious as himself, and it becomes his obsession. Even years after Mozarts death he is still enraptured with all that occurred, and consigns himself to his fate of being the self proclaimed "patron saint of mediocrity."
Three hours long, and worth every minute of it. Whether or not you love classical music, you can appreciate the (fictionalized) story of this real life genius. One of the best composers of all time, and a great movie about him.
“This was no composition by a performing monkey! This was a music I'd never heard. Filled with such longing, such unfulfillable longing, it had me trembling. It seemed to me that I was hearing the voice of God.”
As I sat there breathless staring at my screen watching this astounding masterpiece while listening to its amazing soundtrack, I couldn’t help but relate to F. Murray Abraham’s Salieri in his admiration for Mozart and his genius, although my admiration was geared towards Milos Forman’s outstanding direction and not on the actual composer himself. What a unique experience this three hour film was for me. Amadeus was a movie I had been putting off mainly because of its extremely long running time…
Milos Forman’s epic depiction of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s life has the kind of glory, sublimity, freshness and magnitude that you can only find in a top class artistic creation and watching it feels like experiencing the climax of a symphony written by the 18th century composer. It is flawless in almost every aspect and it is more like a sad opera which moves in all directions and never ceases to surprise and make joy and at the same time it tells the drear story of a man whose musical talent and mastery surprise everyone but his skill is not enough to make his own life more comfortable. Mozart’s life is a mixture of dejection, woe and rare moments of happiness…
If you had no idea what a rose was, saw one, and had to describe it. You might use among other descriptors "elegant", "fragrant" "vibrant", "beautiful" and so on. In reality that IS a rose, it is not simply "a rose" in name. Follow me?
If one wants to appreciate this movie and the genius within, I feel they must do the same as with the rose. Do not critique a film about a famous musician. Instead, feel, hear, and lose yourself in Amadeus. Doing so is the difference between flying in a plane and piloting it. The same, but VASTLY different.
If you can do this, you will truly understand why Amadeus in my opinion, is one of the greatest works ever made.
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Milos Forman has made several of the most iconic movies of the last forty years. "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" is on top ten lists the world over and after it's Oscar glory in 1975 Forman repeated the feat almost ten years later with "Amadeus".
If you love classical music then this is for you. Even if you don't then this is probably still for you. A sweeping period piece that captivates from the very beginning this has two wonderful performances from the leading protagonists. Tom Hulce plays the genius that is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart the most gifted composer to ever walk the earth. Hulce's once in a lifetime portrayal of the child…
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★★★★★  - GREAT MOVIE
(This is an analytical review of the three hour extended edition of the film "Amadeus")
As soon as this three hour epic begins, the earth shattering sounds of Mozart are heard, while our main protagonist, an troubled old man, Antonio Salieri, shouts the name of his secret rival; the reason he is now confined to an insane asylum. The opening minutes are strange and mystical, like the spectrum of brilliance, power and emotion that this film truly is.
Salieri speaks carefully and quietly to a priest who listens to his story. We see an old man; damaged, beaten (mentally), and torn. But why? He introduces himself as a composer, and plays some of his pieces…
I just watched this on a whim and was very pleasantly surprised. First off, the theatrical poster is only one of the incredibly interesting things about this movie. The art is fantastically done and just really makes you interested. One of the few movies I've seen with amazing promotional art. Now on to the actual movie. One could only imagine that the subject matter of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart would be incredibly drab, boring and really only appealing to lovers of classical music. However this film manages to make the subject wonderfully entertaining. The cast and the use of Salieri's and Wolfgang's music to score the movie as well as the acting done by Murray Abraham and Tom Hulce highly contribute…
Mozart was an insufferable giggling twat. There. That's the film's sole joke and I've saved you three hours.
Danny told me not to trust you. He said you killed Mozart.
You know, I kill a lot of people, I can't remember half of them.
God this one hit me on the re-watch...
I previously saw this film in a music class about two years ago and I didnt really like it as I watched it in 3 different parts throughout the course of a week and was forced to see it so I really wasnt in the best conditions for getting full enjoyment out of it, but now.... Jesus this one hit me on the re-watch.
Now that I understand the aspects of cinema, now that I understand how talented one must be to present characters so real, now that I understand how brilliantly emotions can be portrayed through film, now that I understand what a perfectly crafted film is... Now that I understand…
Another win for Milos!
Amadeus is a dizzying extravaganza of incredible performances, writing and music. F. Murray Abraham is so good as the jealous Salieri who feels doomed to mediocrity while he watches his rival Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart succeed in everything that he does. Jealousy is a feeling we can all relate to and I empathised with Salieri. It is easy to get caught in your own head and let negative feelings overwhelm you.
Tom Hulce is fantastic as Mozart giving him a brash arrogance while retaining likability. I couldn't help but laugh every time he giggled. That laugh was kind of ridiculous.
I watched the directors cut which came in at 3 hours exactly. It's a long film but boy, it never lets you go.
Thanks to a great cast and a wonderful sense of style - It brought a broadway show to life in a mesmerizing way.
I knew this movie was widely known as one of the greats but the real reason I finally ended up watching it is because Netflix told me it was witty. "Eh maybe" is my answer to Netflix after having seen it, but that is hardly the headline I would choose for this movie. Netflix should have said something more along the lines of "Epic in scope, but universally relatable", or how about "Don't let the 3 hours scare you this movie is actually pretty engaging all throughout". The performances in this movie are without a doubt top notch and effective but the real star is the direction by Milos Forman. The movie felt as well composed and grand as anything Mozart had ever written. A very deserving best picture winner.
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