Amadeus triumphs as gripping human drama, sumptuous period epic, glorious celebration of the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - and as the winner of eight 1984 Academy Awards, including Best Picture (produced by Saul Zaentz), Actor (F. Murray Abraham), Director (Milos Forman) and Adapted Screenplay (Peter Shaffer). It's 1781 and Antonio Salieri (Abraham) is the competent court composer to Emperor Joseph II. When Mozart (Oscar nominee Tom Hulce) arrives at court, Salieri is horrified to discover that the godlike musical gifts he desires for himself have been bestowed on a bawdy, impish jokester. Mad with envy, he plots to destroy Mozart by any means. Perhaps, even murder.
The Man... The Music... The Madness... The Murder... The Motion Picture...
Now seen in a revitalized digital transfer and including more than 20 minutes worth of scenes not seen in its original release, Amadeus remains a screen triumph: as sumptuous period epic, soaring celebration of the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a top-100 films selection by the American Film Institude and as the winner of eight 1984 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Directed and Adapted Screenplay.
In 1781 Vienna, court composer Antonio Salierie is maddened with envy after discovering that the divine musical gifts he desires for himself have been bestowed on the bawdy, impish Mozart, whom he plots to destroy by any means necessary. And by means of cinematic craft and sublime music, we watch spellbound..
This is a great film but falls short of five stars for historical innacuracy. Biographies should be closer to the real thing so it's not something you should watch if you think you'll get the "real" story. Bits of it are fact, bits of it are fiction. If you want to be entertained though I would recommend it as it features some great performances, especially from F. Murray Abraham (the bald sidekick in Scarface) as Salieri, a man who has worked hard to to get to where he is only to see Mozart become the golden boy without seemingly trying. He tells the story from his deathbed and although it starts seemingly as a comedy it becomes more serious as Salieri schemes his way around the Austrian court to ensure Mozart doesn't overtake him as the favoured composer of the day. At the same time he admires Mozart's talent and sees him as the genius many now recognise him to be. A good film and well deserved of its eight Academy awards.
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