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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.
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…
I don't understand why this movie isn't higher rated. What criticism could possibly be raised about this flawless masterpiece?
Too many notes?
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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
The old adage that there is a thin line between genius and madness is a hoary old cliché. Milos Forman’s Amadeus, adapted from the Peter Schaffer play, riffs on this but subverts it beautifully. It is true that Mozart is depicted as having his demons, but it is Salieri who is driven fully mad. Not by genius but by a combination of jealousy, awareness of his own mediocrity, his anger at God, and finally his guilt.
The story is told in flashback as the ailing Salieri (F. Murray Abraham) is consigned to an asylum following a suicide attempt. He presents his tale as a confessional to a priest. It takes in his vow of chastity made to God if he…
Amadeus is an beautiful, entertaining, and powerful film about the life of Amadeus Mozart.
Anybody who thinks this film is perfect forgot they fell asleep for half of this movie. The Mozart effect is strong here.
Music 5/5, Costumes 5/5, Constanze Mozart 5/5.
Flawless, timeless, unique and memorable. 100/100
An epic telling of the genius and insanity of Motzart told from the viewpoint of his jealousy fueled former peer, Salieri. The shinning moments of this film are the performances by Tom Hulce and F. Murray Abraham. These two performers give it their all and deliver career best achievements. The production design and the score are also high points for the film. I was expecting a better, more encompassing film, and this didn't quite have all those qualities in a Best Picture winner that I find deserving of the prize. While it's not a perfect film, it's definitely a great film and worth every moment you spend watching it.
My favourite Best Picture winner.
Great to see the director's cut on a lush 35mm print.
I generally don't like period costume dramas. But there's a crazy, angry bitterness to this movie that I just love. F. Murray Abraham is one of the great anti-heroes of cinema with his singular mission to "triumph over God."
Best film of all time.
A very soulful, beautiful, witty biographical drama, full of problems as much as opportunity. It can be melodramatic and weepy at the wrong times, like when Mozart's wife Constanze whines her marital woes or when Salieri's servant girl/spy shriekingly quits her job. Or it can be slow, thick, indulgent, like the extended scenes of an opera's performance.
But, just as often, Miloš Forman delivers smart, fun moments, like when some shrill badgering from Mozart's mother-in-law segues into a blissful, exciting opera solo, or when the creative process is explored aurally in Mozart's bedroom.
While AMADEUS maintains an admirable, mesmerizing audacity when it comes to the pomp and craziness of 18th century Europe and adheres to the bumpy momentum of a real life, a realer and more legitimate story is probably still hidden in the byroads of its stretched-out story.
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