Home » 2011 » March » 23

Daily Archives: 23 March 2011


A2-B1-B2 Nannerl Mozart, Mozart and Amedeus by Milos Forman



            INT. A SALON IN THE VATICAN - DAY - 1780'S

               We see the six-year-old MOZART, also blindfolded, seated in
               a gilded chair on a pile of books, playing the harpsichord
               for the POPE and a suite of CARDINALS and other churchmen.
               Beside the little boy stands LEOPOLD, his father, smirking
               with pride.

                                     OLD SALIERI (V.O.)
                         I admit I was jealous when I heard
                         the tales they told about him. Not
                         of the brilliant little prodigy
                         himself, but of his father, who had
                         taught him everything.

               The piece finishes. Leopold lowers the lid of the harpsichord
               and lifts up his little son to stand on it. Mozart removes
               the blindfold to show a pale little face with staring eyes.
               Both father and son bow. A Papal Chamberlain presents Leopold
               with a gold snuff box whilst the cardinals decorously applaud.
               Over this scene Old Salieri speaks.

                                     OLD SALIERI (V.O.)
                         My father did not care for music. He
                         wanted me only to be a merchant,
                         like himself. As anonymous as he
                         was. When I told how I wished I could
                         be like Mozart, he would say, Why?
                         Do you want to be a trained monkey?
                         Would you like me to drag you around
                         Europe doing tricks like a circus
                         freak? How could I tell him what
                         music meant to me?


March 2011
« Feb   Apr »