[Blueboard] "Amadeus" (Mostly Mozart)

jchua at ateneo.edu jchua at ateneo.edu
Thu Jul 13 22:05:10 PHT 2006

Dear colleagues:

You are invited to the screening of "Amadeus" (director's cut) on Monday,
17 July, at the Escaler Hall, at 4:30.  Admission is free.  Thank you.

"Mostly Mozart"
Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
Office of the Dean, School of Humanities
Department of Modern Languages

>From Warner Bros. online:

"Amadeus, The Director's Cut, is the 2002 Special Edition based on Sir
Peter Shaffer's London and Broadway stage hit. The film includes 20
additional minutes of drama, music and sound not included in the 1984
release, all of which were added with the enthusiastic approval of Milos
Forman, Sir Peter and Saul Zaentz.

"In 1985 the original theatrical release of Amadeus won 8 Academy Awards:
Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor for F. Murray Abraham, Best
Screenplay Adaptation for Peter Shaffer, Best Art Direction, Best Costume
Design, Best Make-up and Best Sound.

"Amadeus was directed by Milos Forman and produced by Saul Zaentz, the
team that swept the 1976 Academy Awards (winner of the 5 major Oscars)
with "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." Amadeus was adapted for the
screen by its author Sir Peter Shaffer. In the much coveted leading
roles, F. Murray Abraham is featured as Antonio Salieri, the
jealousy-ridden 18th Century composer, and Tom Hulce plays the hapless
victim of his venom, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the man-child genius whose
music is heard throughout the film.

"The extensive musical score is performed by Sir Neville Marriner
conducting the British orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields that
Marriner founded and organized 25 years ago. The film of Amadeus is a
celebration of Mozart's timeless music as well as a gripping drama.

"Noted choreographer Twyla Tharp staged the ballets used in Mozart's
operas the way they were danced in his day. Filmed almost entirely in
Czechoslovakia, director Milos Forman's native country, the segments from
'Don Giovanni' were staged in Prague's famed Tyl Theatre, where Mozart
conducted the premiere in 1787.

"Described by Shaffer as "a fantasia based on fact," Amadeus was inspired
by persistent rumors in the early 19th century that Mozart had been
poisoned by his rival Salieri, a successful court composer driven mad by
the revelation of his own mediocrity when compared to Mozart's God-given

"Transcending both Salieri and Mozart are the universal themes they
represent: the relationship between man and God; the difficulty of
serving a God whose ways are often perceived as irrational, perverse and
mockingly cruel; the confrontation of genius and mediocrity; and as in
the tragic case of Mozart, the sad spectacle of a towering genius poorly
rewarded and pushed to destruction by society."

>From the Seatle Post-Intelligencer:

"The entire post-1990 cinema hasn't seemed to manage anything near its
ambition, skill or intelligence."

>From the New York Times:

"Mr. Forman, who created a highly original film out of the virtually
formless stage production of 'Hair,' has preserved the fascinating heart
of Mr. Shaffer's play, and made it available to millions who might never
enter a legitimate theater. Well done."

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