Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The name is iconic and recognized both domestically and internationally throughout the centuries. Composer, show man, prodigy… drunk, womanizer, crass. Any and all words can be and have been used to describe one of the greatest classic composers the world has ever known. All words are also suited in describing the mad genius whose musical compositions came so effortlessly, as if taking dictation in class from his instructor. The untold story of Mozart was the subject of a major motion picture that garnered recognition from critics and audiences alike as well as winning eight Academy Awards including Best Picture in 1985. This little introduction leads me to my current topic: MY FILM RECOMMENDATION OF THE MONTH: AMADEUS.
|The real Mozart|
|Mark Hamill as Mozart|
|F. Murray Abraham as older Salieri|
|... Mozart (Tom Hulce) for the first time|
It was shortly after this encounter that Salieri elected to renounce his belief in God. How could He waste such precious gifts on someone who didn’t deserve or appreciate them? It was at that moment that Salieri waged a bitter war against both God and Mozart… neither deserved the attention or respect from him. He would do everything within his power to befriend and ruin Mozart personally.
|Emperor (Jeffery Jones)|
|A young Salieri (Abraham)|
|Constanze Mozart (Elizabeth Berridge)|
|Leopold (Roy Doltrice)|
|The tormented spirit DON GIOVANNI|
|The mysterious messenger|
|The Enchanted Queen from THE MAGIC FLUTE|
|Salieri assists Mozart with the Requiem|
|The music comes faster than it can be written|
|Mozart meets his fate|
|Salieri's last words to the priest|
|Special Effects artist Dick Smith works on Salieri's make-up|
In 1985, during the 57th annual Academy Awards presentation, AMADEUS had been nominated for eleven awards and won eight. The winning awards were Best Picture, Best Actor: F. Murray Abraham, Best Director: Milos Foreman, Best Screenplay: Peter Schaffer, Best Art Direction- Set Decorator, Best Costume Design, Best Sound and Best Make- Up. The other three nominations were for Best Actor: Tom Hulce, Best Choreography and Best Film Editing.
|Director Milos Foreman and Producer Saul Zaentz on Award night|
|F. Murray Abraham directed by Milos Foreman|
|Tom Hulce (l) and F. Murray Abraham (r)|