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Amadeus November 17, 2006

Posted by Shujath in English, Movies, Reviews.

Eight Oscar wins is definitely a compelling reason to watch this film but I also had to overcome my dislike for European period flicks (mainly for those attrocious costumes)….and Amadeus ultimately was yet another pleasant surprise for me.

Mozart is someone who everyone knows to be one of the greatest music composers of all time. His symphonies are quite commonly used (for instance – the Titan Watches advert theme) though I didn’t know it was his until I saw this flick. This movie is not exactly a biopic of Mozart but it is his rise and fall as described by Vienna’s court composer Salieri who is perenially envious of Mozart’s prodigious talent. His clownish demeanour further infuriate Salieri who always keeps questioning God as to why He had to bestow such great talent on a joke like Mozart. Salieri plots to bring down Mozart and succeeds in doing it but in a very unconventional way. This movie also throws light on Mozart’s rather unpractical way of life….a trait shared by lot of geniuses.

With a runtime of 3 hours, it might sound a bit painful but believe me – it surely is interesting and watchable; the only scenes where I had an issue were when the actors sing in the operas and there are quite a few operas staged in the movie. Now to the best part – the performances. F. Murray Abraham as Salieri and Tom Hulce as Mozart are the life of this film. Both of them were nominated for the Best Actor Oscar and Abraham won. Though, I felt Hulce as Mozart was more entertaining of the two. Most of the supporting cast also does a good job.

The music which obviously is made up of Mozart’s tunes really brings grandeur to the whole movie. The sets and costumes are magnificent. Director Milos Forman truly deserves credit for making a period film like this on such a grand scale. Lovers of period dramas would definitely like this flick. For an average viewer looking for entertainment, this should make the cut too.


1. Tigre de Fogo - May 19, 2010

“F. Murray Abraham as Salieri and Tom Hulce as Mozart are the life of this film.”

I completely agree with what you said about both actors.

Amadeus is one of my all time favorites and I’m a fan of Milos Forman movies.

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