Friday, March 05, 2010

Amadeus, Amadeus

Amadeus is the story of the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart told from the perspective of Salieri, one of his rivals of the time. Salieri tells the story as an old man who has tried to kill himself, when he is unsuccessful he tells the story of Mozart, his talents, and what Salieri did to him in order to gain his own eternal fame.

Amadeus was actually quite entertaining. I typically am not drawn towards movies of this nature, but it was actually rather enlightening to see this sort of depiction of a famous historical figure, and to see the scandal that surrounded his life. While the movie plot is fictional, it has a lot of historical accuracy as I found out after watching the movie. I would say it was probably one of the better 80s films I have seen.

I think this movie stands up over time because it is a historical film. Mozart is a figure that has always been famou and will probably stay that way. Therefore, the film will probably never lose popularity or cultural importance.

Unlike many other movies watched in this forum, this movie is not distinctly 80s. The time period is set in the 18th century and has nothing to do with the 1980s. There is no real cultural significance to connect this film to anything in the 80s other than the fact it was released in 1984.

I would recommend this movie 100%. It is educational and extremely fascinating at the same time. The story is full of mystery, treachery and lies. Certainly worth the time to sit down and watch it.

Motarz's skills as a composer vs. Salieri's skills:

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