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.
This is one of only eleven films to receive more than one Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. In this instance, F. Murray Abraham and Tom Hulce were so nominated. The other ten films were Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) for which Clark Gable, Charles Laughton and Franchot Tone were all nominated, From Here to Eternity (1953) for which Montgomery Clift and Burt Lancaster were nominated, Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) for which Maximilian Schell and Spencer Tracy were nominated, Becket (1964) for which Peter O'Toole and Richard Burton were nominated, Sleuth (1972) for which Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine were nominated and The Dresser (1983) for which Tom Courtenay, Albert Finney, Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald in "Going My Way" (1944), James Dean and Rock Hudson in "Giant" (1956), Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier in "The Defiant Ones" (1958) and William Holden and Peter Finch for "Network" (1976) were nominated. Of the actors in question, only Crosby, Schell, Finch and Abraham won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the relevant performances. In an unusual twist, Barry Fitzgerald lost Best Actor to his co-star Bing Crosby, but won Best Supporting Actor for his performance, the only time in Academy history that an actor was nominated in lead and supporting categories for the same role in the same film.
Mozart! Mozart, forgive your assassin! I confess, I killed you...
During "The Abduction from the Seraglio" performance, we see Kappelmeister Bonno watching from the box seat with two ladies flanking him. Milos Forman had the actors, including the extras in the adjacent box seat, remain in their positions to film a brief shot for a scene later in the movie (during "The Marriage of Figaro" opera, where we see Kappelmeister Bonno tapping his nose and smiling because the Emperor yawned). The result of this economical use of equipment and actors is that Kappelmeister Bonno, flanking ladies and extras all appear to have attended both operas sitting in the same seats and wearing the exact same clothing, wigs, jewelry and makeup.
"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 Orion Pictures logo, which was seen at the beginning of the film when it was first released theatrically, was not shown when the film played on both cable and commercial television, and is not seen on the VHS or DVD releases.
English, Italian, Latin, German
$86,764 (USA) (7 April 2002)
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