“But they showed no corrections of any kind. Not one. He had simply written down music already finished in his head. Page after page of it as if he were just taking dictation. And music, finished as no music is ever finished. Displace one note and there would be diminishment. Displace one phrase and the structure would fall.” – Salieri
Number of Times Seen – 2 (2 May 2002 and 24 Feb 2014)
Brief Synopsis – The biopic of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his rival Antonio Salieri.
My Take on it – This movie is very good, but it is also very very long and moves quite slowly at certain points.
Tom Hulce and F. Murray Abrahams are both great here as the two main characters and they each play their parts to perfection. It’s too bad they both couldn’t have won Oscars for their roles.
I’m not a fan of Operatic music, but I enjoyed listening to the music in this movie.
The concept of older professionals feeling threatened by younger, newer talent is not a new theme and this movie shows how each of them reacts to this theme.
This movie was made exceptionally well and looking at is shows that this really was Milos Forman’s cinematic masterpiece.
Winner of 8 (of 11) Oscars – Picture, Director, Actor (Abraham), Adapted Screenplay, Art Direction, Costume Design, Sound and Makeup.
It lost Actor (Hulce), Cinematography and Film Editing.
Bottom Line – Epic biopic that is truly a spectacle to watch. Highly Recommended!
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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