Jan 6, 2012

Amadeus, 1984

Amadeus, 1984
Director: Milos Forman
Cast: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulze, Elizabeth Berridge

Stage: Home TV selection

Amadeus in short: Antonio Salieri believes that Mozart's music is divine. He wishes he was himself as good a musician as Mozart so that he can praise the Lord through composing. But he can't understand why God favored Mozart, such a vulgar creature, to be his instrument. Salieri's envy has made him an enemy of God whose greatness was evident in Mozart. He is set to take revenge.

Preps: I have seen that when I was really a young child. Ever since I never took a step further to see it as an adult, because the perspective might be completely different.

Reality: Wow, a huge surprise again. I know Forman got an oscar for this piece and I am not surprised. If you didn't know anything about Mozart, this is a good biography. If you wanted a history lesson, here you have it. If you wanted to listen to superb music and learn how it is in the competitive musician's world, where they steal one from another, mock one another, play with everyone else around them, there you have it.

An intriguing piece, taking you directly to the core of Vienna at that time, showing major combat between a genious (yet emotionally immature) Mozart and Salieri, court musical composer, who cannot stand Mozart, yet he's one of his greatest admirors. You get to feel the inner Mozart soul and spirit, wonder how in the world can he do such magic with music and watch his downfall from the top front music classical inventor to the very grave. If you thought that he was praised at his death, think again. The lesson in this is simple - even best genious isn't always appreciated and taken as anything else than a lucky bastard everyone envies. And he never knew who admired him for the music, who understood his yearning to create and who really loved him. All the people around him seemed to kiss his ass all the time and on the other hand, when he turned his back, stab him in the best way they could.

My personal rate: 8,0 (a superb showoff of competitive advantage someone has by nature and how it can reflect in ruining someone's reputation and overall failure)

Amadeus on IMDB

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