December 5th, 2013: Amadeus

Cast and Crew:  Milos Forman (Director); Peter Shaffer (Original Play and Screenplay); Elizabeth Berridge, Simon Callow, Jeffrey Jones, Kenny Baker, Cynthia Nixon, Vincent Schiavelli

What It’s About: The story of the rivalry between child prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce) and less gifted but more popular composer Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham).

Why Watch it Today?: Mozart died today in 1791.  Although much of the events of the film are fictional, the fiction is anchored by a compelling performance from Abraham as a man whose envy, jealousy, and knowledge that his works are inferior to Mozart’s drives him to take a terrible revenge.

One comment on “December 5th, 2013: Amadeus

  1. Anonymous says:

    Of course, I saw the movie when I was so young that I only remember the “traf” eating scene.

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