Nostalgic Movie Reviews~ Amadeus (1984)

Amadeus is based on the play by the same name and released in 1984. It is a fictionalized recreation of the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his relationship to Antonio Salieri an Italian composer set in Vienna. The movie was nominated for over fifty international film awards and won eight Academy Awards including Best Picture, Director and Actor. It was one of the few movies ever released where the two lead actors were both nominated for the Best Actor with F. Murray Abraham (Salieri) winning the award.

Salieri is the court composer for Emperor Joseph II in Vienna, Austria in the 18th century. Having established himself as the court composer he leads a successful and creative life until Mozart comes to town. Mozart’s musical genius is quickly recognized and a jealous Salieri hatches a plan to gain a victory over his rival.

The movie was directed by Czech film director Miloš Forman and shot on location in Prague and Vienna. The scenery and costume design is amazing with everything looking of the time. One of the great things about older movies before CGI is that they had to actually make physical locations and objects to fit the time and place instead of relying on computers to create everything from a green screen or motion capture in post-production.

The acting by the entire cast is top notch with amazing performances by F. Murray Abraham as well as Tom Hulce (Mozart). Abraham’s performance when playing an older Salieri in full aged makeup shows a depth of emotion through the latex which was deserving f the honors he received. Tom Hulce, brings a certain madness to the genius of Mozart with an unforgettable laugh and bursts of wild energy, coupled with a confidence in his skills as a musician and composer. Elizabeth Berridge plays Mozart’s wife Contranze Mozart and with Hulce bring a very young and energetic couple very much in love.

While I am no aficionado of Classical music I have always enjoyed listening to it from time to time and hearing played in such a manner throughout the movie was definitely moving. Seeing the passion and emotion that exists in opera scenes as well as when Salieri recognizes the talent of Mozart makes me want to appreciate it more.

Nevertheless the passions, whether violent or not, should never be so expressed as to reach the point of causing disgust; and music, even in situations of the greatest horror, should never be painful to the ear but should flatter and charm it, and thereby always remain music. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

A beautiful movie which showcases the great movie making skills of a past generation that relied on the skills of everyone present on set from the costumers, cameramen, actors and director instead of relying on computers to make the movie after the fact.




Originally posted 2017-01-11 22:15:49.

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