R | | Biography, Drama, History
The life, success and troubles of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as told by Antonio Salieri, the contemporary composer who was insanely jealous of Mozart's talent and claimed to have murdered him.
Mozart's middle name "Amadeus" for which the film is named, when translated from Latin means "love of God." This is a central theme of the film, as Salieri believes that Mozart's composition of music is so perfect that the only explanation is that Mozart is merely a vessel for God who is truly composing the music, or that God Himself bestowed this ultimate talent upon Mozart.
Mozart! Mozart, forgive your assassin! I confess, I killed you...
Schikaneder has Mozart play the party theme in the style of Johann Sebastian Bach, which the Viennese party crowd clearly recognizes. Although Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was fond of Bach's work which he knew through his friendship with the composer's son, Bach's name and music would have been wholly unknown in the Vienna of the 1780s. Bach's music fell out of favor with performers, shortly after his death in 1750, and was revived only when Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy promoted and popularized his work around 1830.
"Amadeus" was originally a National Theater Production in London, then produced in America by The Shubert Organization, Elizabeth I. McCann/Nelle Nugent and Roger Berlind.
The director's cut (2002) adds the following scenes (twenty minutes in total):
English, Italian, Latin, German
$86,764 (USA) (7 April 2002)
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