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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…
Amadeus is like the music it features by Mozart: a simple, effective arrangement if conjured in the mind of a genius, but thrust in the hands of a mediocre rival, it could have been complicated, long-winded and a bore.
The director's cut, ranking in at around 180 minutes, has an incredibly calculated pace that works so well even if the first depiction of Salieri's physical betrayal to Mozart doesn't occur until the first hour mark. I had anticipated a more dramatic overtone with heavy bouts of sinister scenes between Salieri and Mozart, however for the most part, the moments of betrayal are often subtle, and even untraceable to the source. It occurred to me during my first viewing that Amadeus…
Miloš Forman is a genius
Peter Shaffer adapts his Broadway hit for the big screen, and director Milos Forman brings this expertly together to tell a truly absorbing tale about two tortured souls. Mozart’s (Tom Hulce) and Antonio Salieri’s (F. Murray Abraham). The film presents a fantastical theory about the demise of arguably the best classical composer the world has ever known. A tale told by his rival Salieri, played to Oscar-winning perfecting by F. Murray Abraham.
Salieri’s entire life is built around his love of music, and his faith in God. He believes his path in life is guided by that faith, and wants nothing less than to achieve immortality through his music. He believes his faith has rewarded him with a wealthy lifestyle,…
"I am a vulgar man, but my music is not." - Mozart, mad
"I will speak for you, father. I speak for all mediocrities in the world. I am their champion. I am their patron saint." - Salieri, mad
Occupied my top 5 of best movies ever. This movie is /SERIOUSLY/ so, so effing good. I watched it for, so called, 'researching' purpose since I'm writing on a musician/music freak character who adores Mozart. Not disappointed even a bit. The story's perfect, the music score's perfect, and the actors, whoa! Never heard of F. Murray Abraham and Tom Hulce before, but their acting was topnotch, hands down.
Easily one of my favorite movies of all time.
Magnificent to say the least. Masterful performances from F Murray Abraham as the scheming, poisonous and jealous Salieri and Tom Hulce as the boyish, eccentric and increasingly erratic Mozart. A pity both never went on to sell out completely in Hollywood.
Finally, finally caught up with this. As great as everyone said, of course. I can't believe there aren't more movies about professional jealousy- such a relatable and universal theme. Could the contentious relationship between Happy Gilmore and Shooter McGavin be possible without Wolfie and Salieri setting the stage?
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It's a film about how everyone is mediocre and the geniuses in life never really measure up to how you think they're supposed to act. So naturally, there are those who can't deal with the harsh and brutal truth and hate this film.
It's amazing how a period piece can feel so fresh, even when it's now 30 years old. Most of this is due to the pretty great script, but Milos Foreman's handling of the material is pretty fantastic too, using music to drive the film's characters and reveal their psychological underpinning. I can't think of a film that uses music to reveal the unseen and hidden thoughts of characters quite like this film does, and thus it makes this film a great insight to the artistic process more than any methodical biopic before or after it.
What is the nature of a man, when he sees all of his life's ambitions bestowed on another? To see his own work touched upon and tweaked so as that it becomes something even greater, yet you know it was not by your hand. To see everything that you practice and yearn for go to waste as another receives the fame and admiration for his work, and to have yours pale in comparison, and even ridiculed?
Salieri is one such person, set out on a path by god to become a great and renowned composer, striving to play the voice of god back up to heaven, devoting his entire life to the cause. And he is troubled throughout by the…
Whenever the film is focusing on Salieri, which amounts to the first forty-five minutes and the last ten, it's a soulful meditation on a jealousy that is, at times, otherworldly. It lights up the screen. Whenever the film is focusing on Mozart, which amounts to the middle ninety minutes, it's one-note (har-har) and borderline irritating. I've got Tom Hulce one slot lower than Hayden Christensen in the "bad performance ruining a good movie" hall of fame. Great use of natural light by Forman and Miroslav Ondricek though, and I thought the last act was pretty well-executed.
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