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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…
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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…
Miloš Forman is a genius
Miloš Forman's One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest is one of the most treasured and beloved films of all-time. A film which such tranquil beauty, heart and immense power, it is certainly a film that I love and admire, and the film that Forman will be remembered for. But, I would find it extremely challenging to say One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest is his finest achievement, because Amadeus, without a doubt, is Forman’s soaring, beautiful epic.
Only nine years prior to the release of Amadeus, Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon showcased the costume drama in all its extravagant and breathtaking beauty. It is a film, however underrated amongst the director’s significant achievements, that truly astounds me. From its delicious screenplay…
A lot of themes are played on in this film, but my favorites are madness and obsession. I love films that focus on obsession/love like Lolita or Notes on a Scandal and Amadeus is in a way the same kind of story, Antonio's love and loathing of Mozart and his music create this obsession within him. Abraham is very gifted in this film with his spot on nuanced performance.
One movie I never get tired of watching!
movies + classical music= the best
It's a nice movie, but every information in it is just wrong
Amadeus is a rarity: a dramatic film made by people who understand music as much as film-making. A celebration of music and genius, the film exults over Mozart's seemingly divine creations even as it refuses to canonize the man behind them. Instead, the decision to tell the story from Salieri's point-of-view provides a justly critical portrait of Mozart, and in so doing so it provides a commentary on genius that mines trenchant insight from resolute objectivity. That Mozart's music is beyond reproach is never called into doubt; likewise, that the man himself could be utterly reproachful is also beyond question. Paradox is at the film's core, both in the presentation of Mozart and his music, and in the character of…
Recently, I read an study that demonstrated that - while we can easily recognize those who are less capable than us, we are incapable of understanding how much further along the truly brilliant are. While I don't fully believe the study's results, perhaps it would be better that way. Amadeus is the story of Antonio Salieri, a second-rate composer who recognizes true genius in Mozart and cannot accept it. While not historically accurate, of course, it tells a haunting, profound story of how truly damning mediocrity can be, and how much infinitely worse it can be to actually recognize that.
Amadeus is an adaption of a play by Peter Shaffer, whose works have always had a fascination with the divine…
Although this wasn't quiet the revelation I thought it might be I really did enjoy watching this and despite the film's daunting run time this movie really did fly by! The performances were compelling, the sets beautiful and the overall arch gripped me throughout.
How can a film whose main character ends it by saying "Mediocrities, I absolve you" also be a masterpiece? On my very tiny list of perfect films.
“That giggling dirty minded creature crawling on floor, thats Mozart.”
- Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham)
The life of mad creative genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart juxtaposed with composer Salieri's admiration leading to envy that eventually led to his descent into madness.
No stranger to filming madness Milos Forman was the perfect director for Amadeus. Its sumptuously rich, elaborate and luxurious (yes I looked LAVISH up on dictionary.com), and its arguably his best picture (which is no small task). He captures an artist who was both passionate to the core and charismatically eccentric to the hilt. Tom Hulce, F. Murray Abraham and Elizabeth Berridge give career best performances. Anyway nothing I could add that people haven't already done here (and with…
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