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BTDesign Award
Amadeus (1984)

Cast: Tom Hulce, F. Murray Abraham, Elizabeth Berridge, Jeffrey Jones, Karl-Heinz Teuber, Simon Callow, Vincent Schiavelli

Director(s): Milos Forman

Language: English

Genre: Historical Drama


On a November night in 1823 a distracted old man offers from his window an appalling confession to the city of Vienna: "Forgive me, Mozart. Forgive your assassin." Moments later he attempts suicide, and is rushed through the snowy streets to the General Infirmary, a grim building containing all manner of sick and desperate patients. Some weeks afterwards, confined in a private room, he is visited by the Hospital Chaplain, Father Vogler. While obviously contemptuous of the priest, the old man is ... [Get complete synopsis]


Papamikey wrote on May 13, 2005, 9:36 pm

When this movie FIRST came out, I was either too young or too immature to fully appreciate it. I re-visited it when I was in my early 20s and was stunned...so much so that I was moved to study classical music in University, not as a major (silly gooses!), but as an elective. I found it wasn't the MUSIC that attracted me so much as the history and the STORY behind the music. Which is why this movie appealed to me so much...

Funny that the Immortal Beloved didn't have a similar effect...ah well!

Papa Mikey!
Deril wrote on May 14, 2005, 11:08 am
Never saw it. I guess it never appealed to me. All I know is that it stars 'Pinto' from Animal House. I seem to remember Mitch liking this one alot. MAybe it's a good one for me to go rent.
rating pending...
MasterWoodsman wrote on May 14, 2005, 2:51 pm
This was an exceptional film. Beautiful sets and acting, as well as beautiful music throughout. Fantastic story of jealousy and royal courts.

Deril, do yourself a favor and watch it!
motleymitch wrote on May 16, 2005, 2:41 pm
But yeah, I was like, "Hey! That's not Mozart! It's 'Pinto' from Animal House! Cooool!!!"
They shoulda got D-Day to play Salieri!
Deril wrote on August 9, 2005, 2:44 pm
Just saw it. Great movie. I never thought I'd enjoy it, but I really liked it. I got into the story from the get-go. Music was excellent, and added to the actual telling of the story. My only thoughts were that noone had any accents (Italians, Austrians etc...all sounded American).
I like that Amadeus was played by 'Pinto' from Animal House.
"Your new name will be Pinto"
"Why Pinto?"
"Why not!"
Jefferygn wrote on August 11, 2005, 11:44 am
Mood: Bitter bitter bitter
On my list of top ten favorite films of all time for certain (others include Annie Hall, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Last Temptation of Christ, Goodfellas, Star Wars, The Right Stuff, Manufacturing Consent...).

Absolutely brilliant. My favorite concept in the film is what is explored right at the end, about how most of us must come face to face with our own mediocrity...

Why did He do it? Why didn't He kill me? I had no value. What was the use, keeping me alive for thirty-two years of torture? Thirty-two years of honours and awards. Being bowed to and saluted, called Distinguished - Distinguished Salieri - by men incapable of distinguishing! Thirty-two years of meaningless fame to end up alone in my
room, watching myself become extinct. My music growing fainter, all the time fainter, until no one plays it at all. And his growing louder, filling the world with wonder. And everyone
who loves my sacred art crying, Mozart! Bless you, Mozart.

The door opens. An attendant comes in, cheerful and hearty.

Good morning, Professor! Time for the water closet. And then we've got your favourite breakfast for you - sugar-rolls. (to Priest) He loves those. Fresh sugar-rolls.

Salieri ignores him and stares only at the priest, who stares back.

Goodbye, Father. I'll speak for you. I speak for all mediocrities in the world. I am their champion. I am their patron saint. On their behalf I deny Him, your God of no mercy. Your God who tortures men with longings they can never fulfill. He may forgive me: I shall never forgive Him. Mediocrities everywhere, now and to come: I absolve you all!
Amen! Amen! Amen!
MasterWoodsman wrote on August 11, 2005, 5:55 pm
The film was less about mediocrity than it was about jealousy.

"God must love the common man because he made so many of them." - famous quote by somebody. He must also love beetles because he made over 200,000 species of them!

Jefferygn wrote on August 11, 2005, 7:03 pm
I concur, however, do you not think that his jealousy arose out of a sense of his own mediocrity in the face of true genius?

I have always taken that point from the film, that no matter how successful we are in any aspect of life, there will always be people "better" than you, with better talent/success/whatever. The point is to be aware of this, and strive to accept and enjoy what we have in life, lest it drive us insane as it did poor Salieri.

That all being said, FYMFASMD.
Papamikey wrote on August 11, 2005, 8:36 pm
I too think it's a tale of extreme jealousy only peppered by the concept of mediocrity. Salieri is extremely jealous of the fact that God has seen fit to donate such extreme genius to a unkempt child who doesn't know nor care about the sheer gift he posesses. Salieri covets this gift in the face of his own mediocrity which reenforces it and re-doubles it to the extreme. Which eventually leads him to commit immoral acts out of sheer jealousy.

The two concepts are interwoven, with point and counterpoint, much like Mozart's music itself.

Sheer brilliance!

Papa Mikey!
Jefferygn wrote on August 12, 2005, 8:11 am
Again, I concur...

It is just that for *ME*, the whole mediocrity theme is the most powerful.

I will say too, that another of the film's crowning acheivements is the use of music, and its ability to educate. The scene where salieri is looking at the sheet music of one of Mozart's pieces, and he hears the music in his head... brilliant! Moreover, when they are writing the requiem at the end and you hear how the various layers add together to make the full piece... chilling and remarkable.

I remember years ago I went to see Don Giovanni; it was sad to say, but the use of it in the film was more powerful than seeing it live at an opera house...
motleymitch wrote on August 16, 2005, 2:38 am
The Iron Maiden show last week ROCKED!
Papamikey wrote on August 19, 2005, 1:18 pm
And to COMPLETE the trifecta, I introduce Austrich Rock singer FALCO singing:


Ahhhh, sometimes I astound myself, the way I can take 3-4, even FIVE lines of incoherant babble and coalesce them into 80's kitsch.

SNIFF, I've moved myself to tears.


N-n-n-na-na-na-na...Nineteen. I didn't even know what was going on. S-s-ss-ssa-Saigon. 19!

Papa Mikey!
motleymitch wrote on August 23, 2005, 1:34 am
"Thank you Taco, for that loving tribute to Falco."
-Willie Nelson, on 'The Simpsons'

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