Amadeus

Amadeus

DVD - 1997
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Mozart's tempestuous life, as seen through the eyes of rival composer, Salieri
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c1997
Branch Call Number: DVD 780.924 Mozar 3558
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (169 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm., in container
Alternative Title: Peter Shaffer's Amadeus [DVD]

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Palomino
Apr 12, 2018

A classic, a movie you'll never forget, I recommend to anyone. God, Mozart, and a real-life opera plot! However much you hate the villain, you may end up hating Mozart more (his poor wife!) or at least his unmusical cackle, which I heard first time in theatre when this movie was released. If you have a good sound system, this is your movie - Neville Marriner conducts.

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Yuhu
Mar 10, 2018

FIVE Glittering Stars!

This movie is all about the second-rate composer Salieri, his unrequited love of (and dedication to) God--a love and devotion answered by God's silence and neglect, which sparks his hatred of God--and his intention to murder God's favorite, Mozart ("the Creature")--who has unaccountably received all the gifts that God should have given to His faithful and sacrificing servant, Salieri.

It's really not about Mozart at all, except that Amadeus embodies the miraculous beauty that emanates, spontaneously, unsolicited, and unaccountably, from God.

It's also a movie about The Enlightenment and its effect on the upwardly-mobile, the in-the-know, and the wanna-know--and Milosz Forman creates fine, sly, perfect little scenes that are a delight to watch. Many of those vignettes feature the earnest but rather slow and 'dotty' Emperor Joseph II, played to absolute perfection by Jeffrey Jones--so well that I just can't visualize any other actor in that role--and as Emperor he is surrounded by a court retinue of the wise, the pretentious, the second-rate, and the jealous (and among these actors, each seems perfectly cast and 'right' for his role).

Don't waste time worrying about whether this story is historically accurate or not (it's not); enjoy it as a wonderful peak into the18th century mind: Rooted in beliefs that are being uprooted, celestial music that springs from an idiot savant, with a cast of characters who are creeping tentatively toward a rationality that they don't understand and will probably complicate their lives.

All things said, Amadeus is, in the Emperor's favorite phrase, something.....Quite.....New!

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richibi
Oct 11, 2017

worth the price of admission for the sets and costumes alone, which equal in opulence those of the quintessential director aristocrat, Luchino Visconti, dripping in money, art and exquisite artefacts, see his "Death in Venice", for instance - but then there's the acting here, the directing, the music, of course, and the cinematography, in cinemascope and splendid, absolutely breathtaking, colour, licence is taken with significant elements of Mozart's biography, but as a fable, this movie is just about the best one could want having to do with the glories and tribulations of being a transcendent poet

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LittleNoName
May 17, 2017

I don't know if Mozart was reslly like this or if ANY part is true but it seemed pointless.

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1aa
Feb 01, 2017

Although its a long movie, it never lags or gets boring. The voices of (almost) all of the actors is very American (usually an accent is put on). The main character, Salieri, is caricatured into a diabolically jealous mediocrity, and Mozart a total goof. It is nonthelss enjoyable.

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rslade
Mar 03, 2016

The classic mad genius story--with lots of good music. Sort of a psychodrama, questionable accuracy, and it's hard to fell much for any of the characters. But great soundtrack :-)

JCLAngelicaR Feb 01, 2016

A breath-taking fantasia on themes in Mozart’s life with the music as its leading character. Milos Forman, being originally from Czechoslovakia, knew that the perfect setting for a movie about Mozart was in Prague. Why? Cold-War-time Prague was a time capsule full of extensive 18th century architecture, non-altered by the Communist government. In fact, one of the theaters in Prague where the movie was shot was the Tyl Theater , where Mozart conducted the premiere of “Don Giovanni” in 1787. In addition to the brilliantly authentic setting, the movie showcases recreated 18th century ballet, not to mention that Mozart’s music in the movie is played in its original form. The task of finding actors for the movie was not taken lightly by Forman either. When searching for candidates for leading parts, Milos did not want actors who were well-known. If viewers easily recognize an actor it may affect their perception of the character played by the actor. Just one fact: 1400 people were auditioned for the movie.

Although Mozart died at the age of 35, his career as a composer covered an astonishing 30 years. According to Sir Neville Marriner who conducted the music played in the movie, “when Mozart was 8 or 9, he was writing music as good as [Joseph] Haydn at 40, and Haydn was the other great composer of his time.” Mozart was music genius. He was retrieving music from his head in its completed version. The originals of his musical scores looked clean and correction-free. He had a straight connection with the divinity. Isn’t it kind of easy to assume that a human of that scale would present himself in a special, genius-revealing way? Before he met Mozart, Antonio Salieri expected to see just that. What did he see? A socially awkward brute and eccentric cracking crude jokes. But that is exactly what makes sense – a genius can’t be poised and practical, he is too busy communicating with God. In my opinion, Tom Hulce did a brilliant job conveying this as a foundation of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s personality in the movie.

Before you indulge in Forman’s timeless masterpiece, you might want to watch “The Making of Amadeus“ documentary (2002) on YouTube. It will help you appreciate the movie even more. On January 27, 2016, Mozart would've turned 260 years old.

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woofs4
Jun 10, 2015

This movie is one of my top five in life! I was soooo excited to find it ~ the last few times I looked it was taken out. It truly is a masterpiece ~

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Triple_X_Rex
Feb 14, 2015

Regardless of what level Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's talent as a composer might have been, there was definitely one thing that he was not, and that was an idiot! And, yet, that`s exactly what this movie, Amadeus, made him out to be - An insufferable idiot!!

Actor Tom Hulce, as Mozart, was utterly despicable. He played the Mozart character as if the guy was an absolute moron. Like he was a, literal, babbling imbecile. I couldn`t stomach Hulce's performance one bit. His bone-headed, snaggle-toothed facial expressions (Hulce trying to be a cute Mozart, I guess) had me pretty close to retching my guts out. It did.

And if Hulce wasn`t repulsive enough to have to stomach, then there was that total dumb-bell who played his wife, actress (?) Elizabeth Berridge, with her revolting "Wolfie! Wolfie!" (ad nauseum), all the time, This whining, snivelling, little cow made my skin absolutely crawl.

Yuck! What a sickening pair these two bozos were. I don`t know which one of these two half-wits bugged the hell out of me more. They were both equally vile to the max.

In my opinion, about the only thing that saved Amadeus from being a totally unwatchable catastrophe were the staged excerpts from Mozart's best known operas. There were 3 of them. And, they were, without a doubt, delightful, impressive, and highly entertaining to watch. Too bad there weren't more of them, and a lot, lot less of Hulce & Berridge.

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cool129
Feb 02, 2015

awesome movie! saw it for the first time on WNED! tom hulce does an awesome job portraying the eccentric, funny and brilliant Mozart

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Monolith
Apr 07, 2012

(addressing the complaints about the "improper" libretto for "Figaro") Mozart: "Come on now, be honest! Which one of you wouldn't rather listen to his hairdresser than Hercules? Or Horatius, or Orpheus... people so lofty they sound as if they shit marble!"

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Monolith
Apr 07, 2012

Mozart: " "Confutatis maledictis" - when the wicked are confounded. "Flammis Acribus Adictis." How would you translate that?" Salieri: "Consigned to flames of woe." Mozart: "Do you believe in it?" Salieri: "What?" Mozart: "A fire which never dies, burning you forever?" Salieri: "Oh yes."

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Monolith
Apr 07, 2012

Salieri (addressing a crucifix): "From now on we are enemies, You and I. Because You choose for Your instrument a boastful, lustful, smutty, infantile boy and give me for reward only the ability to recognize the incarnation. Because You are unjust, unfair, unkind, I will block You, I swear it. I will hinder and harm Your creature on earth as far as I am able."

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bdls206
Mar 28, 2011

[first lines]
Salieri: Mozart! Mozart, forgive your assassin! I confess, I killed you...

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bdls206
Mar 28, 2011

Emanuel Schikaneder: Look, I asked you if we could start rehearsals next week and you said yes.
Mozart: Well, we can.
Emanuel Schikaneder: So let me see it. Where is it?
Mozart: Here. It's all right here in my noodle. The rest is just scribbling. Scribbling and bibbling, bibbling and scribbling.

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Mar 28, 2011

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bdls206
Mar 28, 2011

The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told in flashback mode by Antonio Salieri - now confined to an insane asylum.

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