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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?
This film. This film right here. A masterpiece in every sense of the word. F. Murray Abraham as Antonio Salieri and the relatively unknown Tom Hulce as the titular Amadeus who needs no further introduction put down two of the best performances in movie history, and although they do not even share as much screen time together as you would expect from a story about (one-sided) rivalry, their chemistry is just beyond belief. Salieri’s villainous quest to destroy that what he believes is God himself taunting him is made completely and utterly empathetic through his simultaneous admiration for the gift of music created by that very malefactor. And then Mozart, who believes his opponent to be nothing short of a…
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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…
One of the greatest composers who ever lived gets proper cinematic treatment and is immortalized through his music while Salieri ends up flying over the cuckoo’s nest (I gotta say a Beethoven cameo at some point would have been so nice!)
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…
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I carried with me deep and deadly hatred for 3 entire hours - for what? The relieve at the end was no relieve at all. That mediocre peasant did suffer many more years and probably died a very painful and time consuming death - but he deserved far worse and far more painful and evil. He became even more unknown as he already was and he grew older and closer to death day by day, but didn't reach what he wished for - as always lmao- so he tried to kill himself (which didn't work either). Pitiful creature. He deserved far worse.
It was an outstanding movie, but not one that I liked and enjoyed.
Too many notes for the emperor, ballet without music, envy, women, drinking, enemies, sickness and on top of it all... The Requim. I have seen this film so many times, usually accidentally but always it remains captivating and enjoyable. Definetely a classic.
What a spectacle!
This is a very well-made film, and I highly recommend it. That being said, it's a pretty long film, maybe longer than it needs to be, and I started getting pretty tired abound the 2-hr mark. However, this was probably because I was watching it late at night and was pretty tired already. Definitely a film I need to re-watch at some point when I'm less tired.
I'm going to give it the benefit of the doubt and give it 4 stars
Omg. So depressing.
Strong narrative (like a pre-Prestige) and hugely charming performance by Tom Hulce
A little bogged down in some strange creative licenses (casting of the dad from Beetlejuice, plays fast and loose with accents and languages, dialogue mixes modern speaking and old speaking)
I love this film. It has very little basis in historical accuracy but the exploration of the vagaries of art is fascinating. Beautifully filmed and directed with wonderful performances from Tom Hulce and F Murray Abraham. And oh that glorious music!
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