Amadeus #MovieReview

Film 191 in the “1001 Films to See Before You Die” challenge is 1984’s “Amadeus”. This Miloš Forman music biography is based on Peter Shaffer’s play of the same name and is about a talented young Viennese composer who unwittingly finds a fierce rival in the disciplined and determined Antonio Salieri. Resenting Mozart for both his hedonistic lifestyle and his undeniable talent, the highly religious Salieri is gradually consumed by his jealousy and becomes obsessed with Mozart’s downfall, leading to a devious scheme that has dire consequences for both men. So some reason my copy of the film decided to only show 108 minutes of the film meaning I didn’t see the last hour or so. But from what I say, this film was very fun to watch. You felt like you were at an opera show sat in the front row. I did find it odd that they casted Mozart with an American actor. I would have like to have seen a European actor play the role but I thought Tom Hulce did a great job playing Mozart. Tom hasn’t done any acting since 2008’s “Jumper” making a cameo appearance. Speaking of good acting, I was amazed by F. Murray Abraham in this film. He made you believe he wanted to kill Mozart for upstaging him. For a film that doesn’t have any comedy in it, I did thing a few things funny. One being when Mozart mocked Salieri while playing his work which ended with a giant fart. I am a little gutted I haven’t seen the ending but I would definitely recommend giving this film a watch. Fun Fact of the Film – When F. Murray Abraham appears in 1993’s “Last Action Hero”, a recurring joke in the film is about him killing Mozart. If you have seen this film then let me know what you thought of it in the comments. Here is what I have to say while watching 1984’s “Amadeus”

Film – Amadeus
Year – 1984
Director – Miloš Forman
Written by – Peter Shaffer
Based On – “Amadeus” by Peter Shaffer (play)
Staring – F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge
IMDb Rating – 8.4/10
My Rating – 8/10
Length – 160 (2h 40min) (I only watched 1h 38min due to DVD)
Genre – Biography, Music, Drama
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We open in a very snowy place
Two men with donuts and cream arrive at Salieri’s room
Salieri has slit his throat and tried to kill himself!
Back when ambulances weren’t a thing, people had to carry everyone to the hospital on stretchers
Guess no one likes religion in this hospital
Did a naked man really try and start a fight with a priest?
Don’t interupt my piano playing
Lets talk music
You don’t know my music? HOW DARE YOU!!!
This priest looks like he’s about to burst into tears at any moment
Flashback to a young  Signore playing Mozart blindfolded as a kid
Salieri’s dad has died by choking on chicken – Let’s thank God
Salieri recalls the time he played music with the Austrian Emperor
Another flashback to Salieri’s visit to the Prince of Salzburg
I feel like I’m on the set of Blackadder
That is a very big pineapple
That food does not look nice
Turns out that pineapple is actually a ice cream mountain covered in malteasers
Meanwhile Mozart is chasing a girl around and having fun
Is it a requirement for everyone to wear massive white wigs
“People fart backwards”
Mozart just got rejected married because he speaks backwards
KISS ME
Run Mozart Run
Mozart runs off to conduct his music
The Prince tells Mozart to learn his place
Salieri tries to explain Mozarts style of music
Two men have an arguement about bringing Mozart to Vienna
Only the Italians do opera!
The opera will be done in German and a deal is made for Mozart to visit Vienna
Meanwhile Mozart is at a hairdressers…. that specialises in wigs
Salieri has written a piece to welcome Mozart which the majesty plays
Someone has clearly has never played a piano
How dare you remix my music
If the real Mozart was born in Europe then why is he played by an American?
Now I feel like I’m on the set of Assassin’s Creed
Prove you know this music from one hearing by playing it
You’re ruining my song!!
Salieri blames God for Mozart ruining his music
This summer’s fashion will all be Turkish
Mozart’s opera is being set in a brothel
The girl decides to prove she has taken by singing in Mozart’s opera
Salieri is annoyed by this because he thinks Mozart is stealing his woman
Why does one of the members of the government look like Irwin R Schyster?
The Majesty tells him that he has too many notes in his music
Weber arrives with her daughter who we saw at the beginning
Somehow she’s engaged to Mozart – It was only 40 minutes ago and I can’t remember it happening
The wedding isn’t official because he doesn’t have his fathers permission
And Weber has fainted from the looking at Majesty
The Prince agrees to let Mozart perform one more time thanks to Leopald
Mozart and the girl have gotten married…. by tying their hands together in a robe
Leopald’s anger is so loud it scared deers in the countryside
Majesty brings his daughter to Salieri in the countryside and chat
Lets blame the Italians for not liking me
Mozart refuses to show his work so he can be appointed to something – I didn’t catch what it was
Better send my wife to do my dirty work
She came to deliver his work without Mozart knowing
Why does she make it sound like Mozart has a gambling problem?
Nothing like nibbling on “Nipples of Venus” – Roasted chestnuts in white chocolate
Salieri has a look at Mozart’s work after being told they are all new material
From what I’ve gathered Salieri hated Mozart as a person but not as a musician
Salieri still blames God for everything and burns the cross
Burning the cross – Bet that offended people
Why is Mozart wearing a pirate like hat?
Mozart reunites with his dad, Leopald, who is quick to realise Mozart is a drunk
Nice mullet
Mozart’s wife admits she is pregnant before the three head out and go fancy dress shopping
Now I feel like I’m on the set of Alice in Wonderland
We couldn’t afford a candlestick so we decided to paint someone in wood
Leopald wants Mozart to return to Salzburg
Your punishment… PLAY BACH!!!
Now play it upside-down
Salieri challenges Mozart to play… Salieri… Which he does even with a fart
I can write music while playing snooker
Lorl arrives and offers her maid services who can’t say who sent her
Mozart’s wife gives Leopald the riot act and this causes Leopald to leave
While they argue… I’m gonna continue with my music writing
Turns out Salieri hired the maid to spy on Mozart
Here’s €2 for a job well done
Time for another concert for Majesty in his garden
No one will see who I am if my hat is tilted
Salieri and Lorl head into Mozart’s room while he’s away to see his work
Also… Who leaves their front door unlocked while they’re away
Salieri tells the government that Mozart is writing an Italian opera of “The Marriage of Figaro”
Majesty tells Mozart that any form of “Figaro” is banned in all his theatres in Vienna
Mozart says he’s taken anything that can be offensive and explains one of his scenes
20 minutes of music with no breaks! – Unheard of
The government wants Mozart to write about Gods and Legends
You swore? How dare you? One can not “shit marbles”
You can show me the opening and maybe you can convince me
Time to practice the play
Rosenberg tells Salieri that the Figaro play is going to happen
Salieri says they should help as Majesty has banned ballet
Rosenberg tells Mozart about the banning of ballet
He decides to tell Salieri that Rosenberg has destroyed his music
Mozart says he almost burned the entire score before Salieri says he will help
Old Salieri says he never say Majesty
Majesty arrives to see the rehersals
He wants to see the ballet with the music
And now it’s showtime and the music is back and Salieri, Rosenberg and the fat man all look pissed off
Salieri notices that Majesty yawned meaning Mozart can be defeated in Salieri’s eyes
You tried to make someone who likes one hour of work listen to four
Salieri shows Mozart his new piece which Salieri composes for Majesty
Mozart finds this boring but still applaudes
Majesty says Salieri’s opera is the best opera and is awarded for it
Mozert gives his thoughts on the opera
Back at Mozart’s apartment and men from Salzburg tell him that Leopald is dead
This is imspiration for Mozart’s blackest opera with a knight bursting through a wal
Salieri thinks Mozart used the piece to tell a story about how Leopald didn’t love him
I can’t really say much – I’m too hooked into the music
And that’s the end
And my DVD has decided not to show me the last hour!
So… BYE
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