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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?
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…
"Mediocrities everywhere... I absolve you... I absolve you... I absolve you... I absolve you... I absolve you all."
One of the greatest films of the 1980's and genuinely one of best examples of pure cinema in my opinion, 'Amadeus' is a sumptuously mounted production by Milos Foreman. The film won 8 Academy Awards, back when big Oscar winning movies were genuinely deserving. One of these awards was dished out to F. Murray Abraham as the jealous, spiteful and rage filled Antonio Salieri. Abraham is terrific in the role. Salieri gives his chastity to God in the hope that he be used as his instrument to create music that will speak to the world and make him renowned around the World.…
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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.
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…
This movie is very long, features opera, and the song "Rock Me Amadeus" by Falco is never mentioned or heard throughout the film. That being said, this is a pretty darn good biopic.
What a refreshingly interesting character study. On paper, a movie about Mozart should not be interesting. Not only is this movie extremely absorbing, it is immensely funny all while never losing its heart. The main character of Salieri, played by F. Murray Abraham, helps to establish the themes by being conflicted in his loathing and jealously of Wolfgang. He lacks the greatness and ease of Mozart and therefore struggles to accept him as a person. All the other characters, especially the wife, are exceptionally well rounded. Mozart himself is a socially ignorant, likable, arrogant douche who fits within the world. The film starts in an absurd fashion, but by the end, the audience has grown to accept the reality that the movie has created.
To be honest, I really don't care much for opera - other than Chopin's "Raindrop Prelude" and Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries". I don't see how anyone can enjoy sitting in one spot for hours watching one either. The kind of people that go to such places seem uppity and like they would be rich snobs (no offence to anyone, that's just how it seems). To be honest (again) there are some opera songs I actually love (like the ones I mentioned earlier, and a few others). But other than those ones I like, I just don't see the appeal in such a pass-time. Who knows, maybe if I had lived back in the victorian era I would really love…
The ultimate opera movie. A musical and visual delight that traces a fantastic character study of Mozart and Salieri. One of the few films that shows in a visceral way how the artistic process happens, be it through inspiration or hard work or both.
After 3 hrs (to be fair it was the directors cut, but come on, we didn't need to see the extended opera performances, even in a film about Mozart) I felt that I had learned nothing about Mozart, or obsession, or 18th century courts . It's superficially impressive with a staggering central performance (F. Murray Abraham) but the dazzling pleasures of this film are encased in the middle of an empty well of a film.
Apparently it won 8 Oscars (including best pic!) which I suppose says more about the state of the academy in the mid 80s as it does the movie, although its comforting to know that very little has changed. If you can't give the oscar to a brave disabled person battling to achieve greatness then at least hand it to the tortured artist.
A great Best Picture winner that breathes energy, containing two fantastic performances by F. Murray Abraham and Tom Hulce.
Forman's tormented, iconoclastic subjects are often pitted against iconic or impersonal antagonists, but Amadeus' conflict remains rivetingly intimate, in spite of its sumptuous, larger-than-life settings.
Not historically correct, but at least has a good soundtrack.
Despite deviating from real story (neither was Salieri "mediocore" nor committing murder of Mozart), Miloš Forman still made a masterpiece (what else to expect from director of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest").
In 80s, when most of the movies become either thriller or sci-fi, Forman actually managed to make an entertaining, artistic, mind-blowing and totally fresh movie out of the less popular genre. Harmony of music, the thin line between drama and satire, powerful duet of Murray Abraham and Tom Hulce. Though over-the-top, still very good and entertaining story of what happens when genius and envy clash together.
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