Amadeus

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(out of 5)


The difficult, jealous relationship between genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and little-known composer Antonio Salieri is the basis of this fascinating costume drama by Milos Forman.  plays the gifted young musician, a womanising cad for whom producing sublime symphonies and operas was a matter of very little effort on his part. His tale is told by Salieri ( in a role that should have ignited a much more impressive film career), who watched from the shadows with unsuppressed envy as Mozart got all the glory without ever putting in the effort to be a good human being. The spectacle is production values at their finest, while the intelligent screenplay brings Peter Shafer’s play to life without compromising the theatrical intimacy that made it so good. Those not inclined towards the material are likely to find it dull, while fans of classical music and/or serious artistic filmmaking will be thrilled.


USA, 1984

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on his play

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,


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Academy Awards
Best Actor in a Leading Role (F. Murray Abraham as “Antonio Salieri”)
Best Art Direction (art direction: Patrizia Von Brandenstein; set decoration: Karel Cerny)
Best Costume Design (Theodor Pistek)
Best Directing (Milos Forman)
Best Makeup (Paul LeBlanc, Dick Smith)
Best Picture (Saul Zaentz, producer)
Best Sound (Mark Berger, Tom Scott, Todd Boekelheide, Chris Newman)
Best Writing (Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium) (Peter Shaffer)

Nominations
Best Actor in a Leading Role (Tom Hulce as “Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart”)
Best Cinematography (Miroslav Ondricek)
Best Film Editing (Nena Danevic, Michael Chandler)

Golden Globe Awards
Best Motion Picture-Drama
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama (F. Murray Abraham)
Best Director (Milos Forman)
Best Screenplay (Peter Shaffer)

Nominations
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama (Tom Hulce)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Jeffrey Jones)

Los Angeles Film Critics Awards
Best Picture
Best Actor (F. Murray Abraham) (tie)
Best Director (Milos Forman)
Best Screenplay (Peter Shaffer)

Nomination
Best Music (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

Directors Guild Award
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures (Milos Forman)

British Academy Awards
Best Cinematography
Best Sound
Best Editing
Best Make Up Artist

Nominations
Best Film
Best Actor (F. Murray Abraham)
Best Screenplay – Adapted
Best Costume Design
Best Production Design

Cesar Award
Best Foreign Film


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