Amadeus

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is a remarkably 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.
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Film Cast:

  • Antonio Salieri: F. Murray Abraham
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Tom Hulce
  • Constanze Mozart: Elizabeth Berridge
  • Leopold Mozart: Roy Dotrice
  • Emanuel Schikaneder: Simon Callow
  • Katerina Cavalieri: Christine Ebersole
  • Emperor Joseph II: Jeffrey Jones
  • Mrs. Weber: Barbara Bryne
  • Lorl: Cynthia Nixon
  • Count Arco: Douglas Seale
  • Count Orsini-Rosenberg: Charles Kay
  • Parody Commendatore: Kenny Baker
  • Young Salieri: Martin Cavina
  • Count Von Strack: Roderick Cook
  • Karl Mozart: Milan Demjanenko
  • Francesco Salieri: Peter DiGesu
  • Kappelmeister Bonno: Patrick Hines
  • Archbishop Colloredo: Nicholas Kepros
  • Salieri’s Servant (uncredited): Philip Lenkowsky
  • Papagena (uncredited): Lisbeth Bartlett
  • Father Vogler (uncredited): Richard Frank
  • Priest (uncredited): Herman Meckler
  • Baron Van Swieten (uncredited): Jonathan Moore
  • Hospital Attendant (uncredited): Brian Pettifer
  • Salieri’s Valet (uncredited): Vincent Schiavelli
  • Conductor (uncredited): John Strauss
  • Wig Salesman (uncredited): Karl-Heinz Teuber
  • Figaro in ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ (uncredited): Miro Grisa
  • Count Almaviva in ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ (uncredited): Karel Gult
  • Antonio in ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ (uncredited): Ladislav Krečmer
  • Don Giovanni in ‘Don Giovanni’ (uncredited): Karel Fiala
  • Dancer (uncredited): John Carrafa
  • Czechoslovakian Actor (uncredited): Hana Brejchová
  • Czechoslovakian Actor (uncredited): Miriam Chytilová
  • Czechoslovakian Actor (uncredited): Karel Effa
  • Czechoslovakian Actor (uncredited): René Gabzdyl
  • Czechoslovakian Actor (uncredited): Karel Hábl
  • Czechoslovakian Actor (uncredited): Jiří Krytinář
  • Czechoslovakian Actor (uncredited): Jan Kuželka
  • Czechoslovakian Actor (uncredited): Jiří Lír
  • Czechoslovakian Actor (uncredited): Jitka Molavcová
  • Czechoslovakian Actor (uncredited): Pavel Nový
  • Czechoslovakian Actor (uncredited): Jan Pohan
  • Czechoslovakian Actor (uncredited): Tereza Pokorná-Herzová
  • Czechoslovakian Actor (uncredited): Ivan Pokorný
  • Czechoslovakian Actor (uncredited): Milan Riehs
  • Czechoslovakian Actor (uncredited): Dana Vávrová
  • Queen of the Night in ‘The Magic Flute’ (singing voice) (uncredited): June Anderson
  • Susanna in ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ (singing voice) (uncredited): Isobel Buchanan
  • Cherubino in ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ (singing voice) (uncredited): Anne Howells
  • Don Curzio in ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ (singing voice) (uncredited): Robin Leggate
  • Countess in ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ (singing voice) (uncredited): Felicity Lott
  • Basilio in ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ (singing voice) (uncredited): Alexander Oliver
  • Figaro in ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ (singing voice) (uncredited): Samuel Ramey
  • Count Almaviva in ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ / Don Giovanni in ‘Don Giovanni’ (singing voice) (uncredited): Richard Stilwell
  • Dr. Bartolo in ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ / Commendatore in ‘Don Giovanni’ (singing voice) (uncredited): John Tomlinson
  • Antonio in ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ / Leporello in ‘Don Giovanni’ (singing voice) (uncredited): Willard White
  • Salieri’s Student (uncredited): Michele Esposito
  • Cardinal (uncredited): Zdeněk Mahler
  • Pope Clement (uncredited): Vladimír Svitáček
  • Czechoslovakian Actor (uncredited): Jana Musilová
  • Michael Schlumberg (uncredited): Kenneth McMillan
  • Gertrude Schlumberg (uncredited): Cassie Stuart
  • Frau Schlumberg (uncredited): Rita Zohar

Film Crew:

  • Casting: Bonnie Timmermann
  • Casting: Maggie Cartier
  • Producer: Saul Zaentz
  • Director: Miloš Forman
  • Theatre Play: Peter Shaffer
  • Assistant Director: Michael Hausman
  • Executive Producer: Bertil Ohlsson
  • Director of Photography: Miroslav Ondříček
  • Editor: Michael Chandler
  • Editor: Nena Danevic
  • Casting Associate: David Rubin
  • Production Design: Patrizia von Brandenstein
  • Still Photographer: Phil Bray
  • Casting: Mary Goldberg
  • Makeup Artist: Dick Smith
  • Editorial Staff: Miroslav Hájek
  • Script Supervisor: Anne Gyory
  • Costume Design: Theodor Pištěk
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Todd Boekelheide
  • Still Photographer: Jaromír Komárek
  • Choreographer: Twyla Tharp
  • Makeup Artist: Bobo Sobotka
  • Music: John Strauss
  • Makeup Artist: Paul LeBlanc
  • Motion Capture Artist: Thomas Baker
  • Location Manager: Paolo Fabbri
  • Art Direction: Karel Černý
  • Location Manager: Ken Tuohy
  • Set Designer: Josef Svoboda

Movie Reviews:

  • Wuchak: _**Lively costume biography about Mozart’s last nine years in Austria**_

    Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham) is a competent but mediocre composer in Vienna, Austria, in the late 1700s. He recognizes the God-given genius of the younger Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce) and struggles with bitter envy. The story is told in flashback as Salieri shares it with a cleric decades later at an asylum.

    “Amadeus” (1984) is an entertaining costume drama that successfully takes you back to Vienna from 1783-1791. Mozart was basically the rock star of the era and some of his dynamic music even evokes certain modern rock styles. Giving the main characters personality helps bring the events alive and the flashback structure makes for compelling storytelling.

    On the feminine front, Elizabeth Berridge plays Amadeus’ cute & feisty wife, Constanze, while Christine Ebersole is on hand as a ravishing opera singer, sorta reminiscent of Tina Root of Switchblade Symphony (albeit taller).

    The original Broadway play concentrated on character motivation with music in the background while the movie focuses a little too much on it. Unless you’re an opera aficionado, the extensive scenes of Mozart’s and Salieri’s operas being performed become tiresome after a while and unnecessarily bloat the film, somewhat muting the story. When the Emperor yawns during a performance of “Figaro” I could relate because a lot of opera music sounds the same to me.

    Nonetheless, this is an informative and amusing biography of Wolfgang’s last nine years; very well done.

    The movie runs 2 hours, 40 minutes and was shot mostly in the Czech Republic.

    GRADE: B+/A-

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