Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791 -- Drama, Salieri, Antonio, 1750-1825 -- Drama


BAMPFA Collection Print

Director's Cut!


F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Simon Callow,

Peter Shaffer rewrote history in his “black opera” Amadeus, then rewrote the play for Milos Forman’s color extravaganza. It takes the form of a confession, thirty-two years after Mozart’s death, by his supposed murderer, Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham), a mediocre composer who alone perceived the sublime genius of Mozart’s music. Seen through Salieri’s eyes, Tom Hulce’s Mozart never veers from a cartoon portrayal of the “obscene child”; he is indeed an unlikely if not unworthy vessel of divine inspiration, yet paradoxically, one whose talent could only be explained by divine intervention. Music conducted by Neville Marriner and performed by the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; Ambrosian Opera Chorus; and the Choristers of Westminster Abbey.

  • Peter Shaffer
Based On
  • the play by Peter Shaffer

  • Miroslav Ondrícek
Print Info
  • Color
  • 'Scope 35mm
  • 180 mins

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Amadeus - director's cut (program note), Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin, 2002

Amadeus (press kit), Warner Bros., 2002

Amadeus (distributor materials), New Yorker Films, 1989

Amadeus (review), Village Voice, Andrew Sarris, 1987

Amadeus: musik fur die augen (article), Bunte Illustrierte, Norbert Treutwein, 1986

Amadeus brings sense of harmony to Oscar nominee (article), Oakland Tribune, Harriet Swift, 1985

What's opera, doc? (review), Sight and Sound, Gilbert Adair, 1985

Amadeus ex machina (review), Boston Phoenix, Scott Rosenberg, 1984

Amadeus (review), Variety, Todd McCarthy, 1984

The rivals (review), East Bay Express, George Paul Csicsery, 1984

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