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Directed by Milos Forman, Amadeus is an American movie released in 1984 which is inspired by a Pouchkine play intitled « Mozart and Salieri ». This adaptation was a real success because of its 50 Awards in numerous competitions. As its name suggests, it’s about the Mozart’s Life, the child prodigy also well-known as a really talented composer.
Mozart was born in Salzbourg in 1756 and died in 1791 in Vienna. As a child, he composed his first minuet in 4 years old, his Symphony in 8 years and finally his Opera in 12.
He was a virtuoso of the piano of the violin, and he devoted his life to the music : He had one goal : Be the pride of his father, a great musician, that he admired.
Since his 3 years, he got the perfect pitch and a fabulous memory who anabled him to replay music he heard as will.
The movie talks about a conflict between Mozart and Antonio Salieri, an Italian musician who lived in the same Period as the first one.
It begins with Mozart ( played by Tom Hulce) as young who plays piano for the King of Austria : We follow his evolution age by age and the growth of his popularity in the world. Because of his virtuosity, and his musician talents, Salieri who have to collaborate with him will become jealous and make anything to destabilize him.
The Movie depicts a Mozart really selfish, arrogant and pretentious : Indeed, he thinks that he is the « master », perhaps because of his education. Some people hypothetize that the real one had the same state of mind. According to him, his music is something beautiful, great and it’s the best.
That’s why, Salieri wants to get rid of him. As well, he will make everything in his power to become the most musician desired by the Austria nobility.
On the one hand, Mozart lead a very hard carrier : Despite of his magnificient works, like the opera : The magic flute or his Requiem , he will live a really precarious life : He give no more piano lessons, his beloved Father died and his works don’t give him enough money to live with his wife, Constanze.
On the Other hand, Salieri seems to have a really easy life : He plays for the weathiest of the country and is delighted of the financials problems of his rival.
We discover musics in their context : For instance, Requiem was written at the Mozart’s father death : Indeed, it’s a really dark and oppresive music.
At this Time, Mozart is in bad conditions. The death of Mozart is depicted with a lot of tensions, darkness, sadness and he composes until his exhaustion.
I really appreciate this movie : It tell us the story of the amazing Classic composer with a poetic dimension, where the feelings and emotions are conveyed by the musics : It is clearful in particular at the end.
All of the Mozart’s compositions are choosen depending on the moments and the atmosphere of the scene of the movie, and makes it more incredible and deep.
However, we have to know that there wasn’t any conflict between Antonio Salieri and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Indeed, they knew each other but hadn’t collaborate or being in quarrel.
It’s a perfect invention !
I think that this movie helps to understand the animated and restless life of the Austrian composer, without forget the context of that time : The composer didn’t live of them works, they had to give piano or violin lessons.
Do you know this movie ? 🙂
Here one extract of the movie : (Mozart plays one one the Salieri’s compositions. and wants to change it.)