Plagued by jealousy of—and admiration for—his rival, Mozart, the mediocre court composer Salieri narrates his encounters with the childish but sublimely gifted prodigy. This visually lavish period piece—which mixes fact and fiction, high art and vulgarity, meticulous detail and jarring anachronism—tears through the stuffy conventions of the genre with a swell of operatic emotions. Filmed in Prague, the production was [Miloš] Forman’s first return to his homeland. –AFI
Forman grew up in a small town near Prague. Orphaned when his parents, a Jewish professor and a Protestant housewife, died in Nazi concentration camps, he was reared by two uncles and family friends. In the mid-1950s Forman studied at the film school of the University of Prague. Upon graduating he wrote two screenplays, the first of which, Nechte to na mn (“Leave It to Me”), was filmed in 1955 by noted Czech director Martin Fri. Forman in 1957 was himself an assistant director on the second of these screenplays, a situation comedy entitled Stenata (“The Puppies”).
Throughout the late 1950s and early ‘60s Forman acted as either writer or assistant director on other films. He directed his first major productions in 1963: Cerný Petr (Black Peter) and Konkurs (Talent Competition). These films had great success both domestically and on the international festival circuit, and Forman was hailed as a major talent of the Czech New Wave. His early films… read more
Yeah, let's cast this total buffoon alongside F. Murray Abraham! That'll work wonders, right? Who cares if he can only do a cheesy American accent—Mozart was totally American, right? And while we're at it, let's make up a bunch of stuff about this dude and call it history! Oh, an thanks for the Oscars!
" I heard the music of true forgiveness filling the theater, conferring on all who sat there, perfect absolution. God was singing through this little man to all the world, unstoppable, making my defeat more bitter with every passing bar. "
A completely spellbinding cinematic experience, Forman weaves the life of Mozart from the view of Salieri, a rival composer, Forman weaves between an older Salieri and the life of Mozart beautifully, almost as if Forman himself was conducting one of Mozart's brilliant pieces. It's a cine-phony (get it? heh)
Language: English, Italian, Latin, German
Genre: Biography, Music, Drama
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My favorite film, the top of my Top Ten of All Time, the one that made me realize I was going to have a career, a life, in cinema. I watched in a music appreciation class, maybe 6th or 7th grade. I… read review
Amadeus is an extremely well written story, covering the last ten years of Mozart’s massively prolific yet unusual life. I have read much that it paints a rather inaccurate picture of the genius’s… read review