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Amadeus
     

Amadeus

by Tom Hulce (Star), Milos Forman (Director), F. Murray Abraham (Star), Neville Marriner (With), Academy of St. Martin in the Fields (With)
 
For this film adaptation of Peter Shaffer's Broadway hit, director Milos Forman returned to the city of Prague that he'd left behind during the Czechoslavakian crisis of 1968, bringing along his faithful cinematographer Miroslav Ondricek (likewise a Czech expatriate) in the bargain. Amadeus is an expansion of a Viennese "urban legend" concerning the death of 18th

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For this film adaptation of Peter Shaffer's Broadway hit, director Milos Forman returned to the city of Prague that he'd left behind during the Czechoslavakian crisis of 1968, bringing along his faithful cinematographer Miroslav Ondricek (likewise a Czech expatriate) in the bargain. Amadeus is an expansion of a Viennese "urban legend" concerning the death of 18th century musical genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. From the vantage point of an insane asylum, ageing royal composer Salieri (F. Murray Abraham) recalls the events of three decades earlier, when the young Mozart (Thomas Hulce) first gained favor in the court of Austrian emperor Joseph II (Jeffrey Jones). Salieri was incensed that God would bless so vulgar and obnoxious a young snipe as Mozart with divine genius. Why was not Salieri--so disciplined, so devoted to his art, and so willing to toady to his superiors--not touched by God? Unable to match Mozart's talent, Salieri uses his influence in court to surreptitiously sabotage the young upstart's career. Disguising himself as a mysterious benefactor, Salieri commissions the backbreaking "Requiem" which will eventually cost Mozart his health, wealth and life. Mozart's official death notice in 1791 insisted that the impoverished 35-year-old composer died of typhoid, but Peter Shaffer postulates that he knows better. In old-fashioned biopic tradition, each crucial moment in Mozart's life ends up as a cue for a song, but this venerable cliche is served up so stylishly that we're willing to forgive its existence. Among the many pearls of dialogue in Amadeus, the film's best line goes to the Emperor, who rejects a Mozart composition on the grounds that it has "too many notes." Amadeus was, deservedly a multiple Academy Award winner, including best actor (F. Murray Abraham) and best picture. -- Hal Erickson, All-Movie Guide

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For this film adaptation of Peter Shaffer's Broadway hit, director Milos Forman returned to the city of Prague that he'd left behind during the Czech political crises of 1968, bringing along his usual cinematographer and fellow Czech expatriate, Miroslav Ondricek. Amadeus is an expansion of a Viennese "urban legend" concerning the death of 18th-century musical genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. From the vantage point of an insane asylum, aging royal composer Salieri (F. Murray Abraham) recalls the events of three decades earlier, when the young Mozart (Tom Hulce) first gained favor in the court of Austrian emperor Joseph II (Jeffrey Jones). Salieri was incensed that God would bless so vulgar and obnoxious a young snipe as Mozart with divine genius. Why was Salieri--so disciplined, so devoted to his art, and so willing toady to his superiors--not touched by God? Unable to match Mozart's talent, Salieri uses his influence in court to sabotage the young upstart's career. Disguising himself as a mysterious benefactor, Salieri commissions the backbreaking "Requiem," which eventually costs Mozart his health, wealth, and life. Among the film's many pearls of dialogue, the best line goes to the Emperor, who rejects a Mozart composition on the grounds that it has "too many notes." Amadeus won 8 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Actor for F. Murray Abraham. —Hal Erickson

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780790734064
Publisher:
Warner Home Video
Publication date:
01/01/1984

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