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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?
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…
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, arguably the single greatest mind in music history, never really had a rise to greatness so much as an immersion in it from the start. A born prodigy, at age 4 he already started composing music and delighted dozens with his immense talent. Achieving notoriety among the elite in the musical industry proved to be an uphill battle for him, yet history has been far more gracious to him than to the other supposed masters of the art. Mozart kept an uncanny ability at achieving perfection while the more publicly renowned, whether out of political or personal motivation, seemed to harbor an intense yet silent hatred for him.
At least, that's what Peter Shaffer's play Amadeus has…
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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…
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…
L'esaltante, scherzosa e febbrile celebrazione del genio musicale di Mozart attraverso il racconto di Salieri, santo patrono dei mediocri, volenteroso di distruggere l'uomo che ricrea la sublime voce di Dio.
The theatrical cut is a perfect film and deserved all the Oscars; director's cut is overlong and rapey.
Lesson learned from this film: God has a beautifully sadistic sense of humor.
Masterfull film, I know absolutely nothing about classical music but this extraordinary film taught me alot. I would recommend this to everyone!
Everyone has probably praised this movie so much there isn't much left to say. But I just want to go on record and say this is one of the best movies I've ever seen. The actors were great and the way the music was used(or maybe wasn't used) was great. I didn't expect much at first because I'm not into classical music that much, but this totally changed my perspective on it. I didn't realize that Mozart was such a character in real life.
Anyway, I recommend this movie to anybody who loves great acting, music and movies in general.
P.S. I watched the director's cut by accident(it's the only one on Netflix) but I only imagine that the theatrical cut is tighter and more focused.
Hulce and Abraham are astounding in this. The pace lurches around in the third act, which seems strange in the extended Director's Cut, but the final big sequence, with Mozart dictating to Salieri, is great stuff, which is why I still remember it from when I saw the picture in 1984.
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If there is anything that I like as much as if not more than movies, it's music. I didn't expect Amadeus to affect me as much as it did; I actually thought the same thing about Mozart .
F. Murray Abraham's acting, in just the second scene, completely blew me away. Something about the way he said the line "leave me alone" commanded my undivided attention. It was probably the bit of silence as he slowly turned to the priest in that scene. Throughout the whole picture, it's clear that the actors and editors understand those bits.
And again, I was amazed just a few minutes later. The film depicts Salieri recalling when he found the score of Mozart's Serenade…
That, ladies and gentlemen is how you make a materpiece. This was a euphoric experience. I can't even words right now. Beautiful.
What a wonderful film :)
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