The winner of 8 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Director and Actor comes the story of genius musician Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Peiced together through flashbacks by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri, who in present day is confined to a mental institution.
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The musical visionary Mozart — in this film’s retelling presented as a vulgar, childlike bon vivant — is a force for chaos and great beauty, while the tightly wound, scheming nobleman Salieri, at once Mozart’s greatest admirer and his secret nemesis, carries the power of the institution, money, and empire behind him. But the music that’s created is something apart from either man.
4.1* I had ignored this film for 35 years and when I finally got around to it, was surprised to find that it is sort of a comedy, with one of the guys from Animal House playing a ludicrous giggly Mozart, reined in by the guy who played the principal in Ferris Beuller's Day Off. They spent a lot of money to create some fabulous frames, well crafted, money well spent; it all really works quite well :-)
This film was like watching an opera itself! What a grand spectacle! F. Murray Abraham gave a captivating performance and really stole the whole film. It would be pointless of me to speak about the music in the film and I'm sure you can realize why. This film is pretty much perfection. I can't fault it. Oh and I should mention that I saw the director's cut.
This is one of those rare films where I really didn't like the film the first time I saw it and then the second time it became one of my favorite films of all time. A truly flawless film in both its craft and execution. F. Murray Abraham is outstanding. I could watch his Salieri for twice as long.