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...Everything you've heard is true
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?
Too many notes?
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…
Recently, I have been struggling with a very important question for film fans and cinephile's....what really is my favorite movie?
There are three films I really love that all are worthy of that spot....Jurassic Park, this film, and There Will Be Blood. It was hard for me to choose which film I love the most not only because they are all outstanding but they are so different. After giving this a rewatch, I think this is my favorite film. Why? Well, because it seems so flawless. One of the few films I consider perfect. The acting is perfect. The costumes are perfect. The set designs are perfect. The cinematography is perfect. The story is, you guessed it, perfect. No matter…
"It seemed to me that I was hearing the very voice of God."
This is the second time I've seen "Amadeus" and I can still remember watching it for the first time. It was 2008, I think (or late 2007) and my wife and I were living in our first apartment. This was an early attempt (albeit a failed one) to expand my knowledge of film and see some so called classics that I'd missed over the years. My wife decided to join me, so we sat down one day and watched this. I remember it took us something like four or five hours, because we kept stopping it. Long story short, we hated the movie and just could NOT get into it. So, when Netflix changed the status of "Amadeus" from "short…
Mozart's requiems are ace. Goes without saying… killer soundtrack.
Everything you've heard about Amadeus is true, and if you haven't heard anything then you're in for a treat. If you enjoy classical music, or opera, or period piece films, you'll also have a good time. If you don't care for any of that I can understand how Amadeus will seem dull because it's about all those things I mentioned before. What's interesting is that while the plot follows the later part of Mozart's life, it's narrated and spurred on by a tertiary character who is torn by both an appreciation and a deep hatred of Mozart's shining talent. In inclusion of Mozart's works throughout the film was a wonderful idea and helped to emphasize how he, and other composers,…
Foi a partir desse filme que comecei a gostar de ópera.
No, this wasn't 100% factually accurate. Yes, to the best of our knowledge, Salieri and Mozart weren't anything other than friendly rivals and colleagues. But that's totally missing the point.
Where I think people likely go wrong is in seeing Amadeus as a biopic, which is clearly not what's being attempted here. People and events and relationships are intentionally exaggerated for dramatic effect until they start to take on the characteristics of Mozart's operas which provide the backdrop for all of it to play out. Very little in the film is "true" in a factual sense, but it is "true" in the sense that it's a cinematic interpretation of the spirit Mozart's work. Which, if you haven't heard, is quite good.
I loved this movie even more than I thought I would. It was just beautifully done in every way, and F. Murray Abraham and Tom Hulce were SO good in it. I 100% loved it.
Not bad for an 80s movie. A little long, a little weird, and a bit confusing at times, but overall it tells an engaging (yet embellished) story about a fascinating figure. Worth a watch.
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