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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
the play by Peter Shaffer
- Miroslav Ondrícek
- 'Scope 35mm
- 180 mins
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Amadeus (press kit), Warner Bros., 2002
Amadeus - director's cut (program note), Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin, 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 (review), Variety, Todd McCarthy, 1984
The rivals (review), East Bay Express, George Paul Csicsery, 1984
Amadeus (review), California Magazine, 1984
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