Cover image for Peter Shaffer's Amadeus
Title:
Peter Shaffer's Amadeus
Author:
Zaentz, Saul.
Uniform Title:
Amadeus (Motion picture)
Publication Information:
Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [1997]
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (160 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
Views the life and music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart through the memories of an envious rival, Salieri.
General Note:
Originally released as a motion picture in 1984.

Dates vary: in credits, c1984; on container, c1984, c1997.

Special features: scene index, cast & crew, behind the scenes, casting, musical notes, Salieri and Mozart, Mozart chronology, locations, awards, alternate music-only soundtrack, theatrical trailer.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
Rated PG.
ISBN:
9780790733647
UPC:
085393621827
Format :
DVD

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For this film adaptation of Peter Shaffer's Broadway hit, director Milos Forman returned to the city of Prague that he'd left behind during the Czech political crises of 1968, bringing along his usual cinematographer and fellow Czech expatriate, Miroslav Ondrícek. Amadeus is an expansion of a Viennese "urban legend" concerning the death of 18th century musical genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. From the vantage point of an insane asylum, aging royal composer Salieri (F. Murray Abraham) recalls the events of three decades earlier, when the young Mozart (Tom Hulce) first gained favor in the court of Austrian emperor Joseph II (Jeffrey Jones). Salieri was incensed that God would bless so vulgar and obnoxious a young snipe as Mozart with divine genius. Why was Salieri -- so disciplined, so devoted to his art, and so willing to toady to his superiors -- not touched by God? Unable to match Mozart's talent, Salieri uses his influence in court to sabotage the young upstart's career. Disguising himself as a mysterious benefactor, Salieri commissions the backbreaking Requiem, which eventually costs Mozart his health, wealth, and life. Among the film's many pearls of dialogue, the best line goes to the emperor, who rejects a Mozart composition on the grounds that it has "too many notes." Amadeus won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Actor for F. Murray Abraham. In 2002, the film received a theatrical re-release as "Amadeus: The Director's Cut," a version that includes 20 minutes of additional footage. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


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