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Not only did I get the joy of watching once again one of the best movies to have ever been released -- to remember how enthralled I was by the performances of Tom Hulce, F. Murray Abraham and Elizabeth Berridge (unfortunately, most reviewers tend to exclude her contribution to this movie, but her performance as Constanza, Mozart's wife, is as powerful as the others) -- but the extras (behind the scenes, the commentaries) added to my delight.
I truly find it hard to put into words how wonderful this movie is. I have spent the last 20 years telling people "Trust me, just watch it, and you will understand what I am talking about." It is more than just a grand journey through the worlds of these two men (yes, granted, told from a "movie" point-of-view). The entire package, from the scenery, the costumes, the story and THE MUSIC, THE MUSIC, THE MUSIC!!! shows you how a movie should and can be produced. Even if you can't stand classical music, you will adore the wonder that is Mozart.
Please -- I'm begging you -- WATCH THIS MOVIE. You will NOT be disappointed!!!
F. Murray Abraham is marvelous portraying Salieri's pride and envy, and having to suffer the indignity of mediocrity; the part garnered him a Best Actor Oscar and a Golden Globe, among other awards, and as Mozart, Tom Hulce is stupendous, with his high pitched raucous giggle, fluffy wigs, and energetic appeal.
Others in the cast of note are Elizabeth Berridge, excellent as Mozart's wife Constanza, and Roy Dotrice as his stern father Leopold.
The biggest star of the film however, is the music...the glorious sounds of Mozart's operas, and his magnificent Requiem. Many of my favorite scenes are depicted, from the ballet music from "The Marriage of Figaro", to "Don Giovanni a cenar teco", as well as portions of "The Marriage of Figaro", "The Magic Flute", and much more.
Some of the great voices heard are Samuel Ramey (Figaro), Richard Stilwell (Count Almaviva / Don Giovanni), June Anderson (Queen of the Night), Brian Kay (Papageno) and Gillian Fisher (Papagena), though the parts on screen are played by actors, and not those singing.
Twyla Tharp's choreography is fresh and exhilarating, Miroslav Ondricek's cinematography is exquisite, and Milos Forman's direction imaginative and well paced.
As well as Best Actor, the Academy bestowed Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Art Direction/Set Decoration, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup, Best Sound, all well deserved.
Total running time is 160 minutes.
In a word, YES - get this version even if you already own the original release (assuming you loved "Amadeus" to begin with).
The biggest difference in the director's cut is the scene where Constanza goes to Salieri with Mozart's work so he can be considered for the "royal appointment". In the director's cut, Salieri assures Constanza that if she returns that night to have sex with him, the job will be given to Mozart. Constanza returns, strips, and Salieri has her thrown out. At the end of the movie, when she sees Salieri with Mozart, her hatred of Salieri is much more understandable.
Also, in this version, we see Salieri tell the emperor that Mozart molests young girls... no wonder Mozart can't get any pupils! None of this is in the original release. Also missing from the original release is the "dog" scene - very funny - and a scene in which a drunk mozart goes back to a former employer ask for money. In short, there are planty of additional and extended scenes, **ALL** of which add to the film in some way. The making-of-Amadeus documentary is also worth watching.
Buy this DVD. You won't be disappointed. Another recommendation I have is to buy the Levine/Batte/Serra version of "The Magic Flute" on DVD. I'm not the biggest opera fan but this one is beautiful, funny, and thoroughly entertaining.
Many special editions and director's cut offerings are little more than the addition of scenes that were dumped prior to the film's original release, and rarely have any fundamental impact on the story that is told. Fully one third of all the chapters in this film have new footage, and the changes have a very real impact on the film. Most of the new exposition is about Salieri and it makes him a much darker character, this Salieri is much more than a jealous admirer of Mozart. This man makes demands of persons and actively intervenes much more in the professional destruction of Mozart in Vienna.
One of the film's mysteries for me was why Mozart's wife held such hatred for Salieri at the close of the film. This question is answered, and it again makes for a major change in how you will view Constanze. And of course more insight is given to Mozart as well. If you are a devotee of the original film you may have trouble warming to this version, you may even be well advised to avoid it. For once you see this film you will never be able to watch the shorter version and confine your thoughts to what they were prior to seeing the additional 20 minutes of film.
There is a second disc that includes extended interviews with Milos Forman, Peter Shaffer, and many of the main characters. An interesting aspect that is shared is that this entire film was shot behind the Iron Curtain of the USSR when it was still the nemesis of The United States.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
The acting in this is SOOOO well done, I could watch it a hundred times and still be entertained.Published 11 days ago by Lesley Stewart
I expect this storyline is even better than the real thing was.
Fascinating to witness historical people fleshed out and vivified from the dry pages of lore. Read more
Amadeus is known to most as the "Mozart movie". Historically accurate? A resounding no. Representative of Mozart as a person? Definitely not. A cinematic triumph? Read morePublished 3 months ago by T. Skylar
Fantastic film. Can't believe it took my this long to watch it, but I blind bought it and I'm glad I did. Absolute masterpiece and its terrific on bluray. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Eddie
My disc only has half of the film. It does not have the second part. I do not know why?Published 3 months ago by Phyllis Cheung
Quelle film incroyable! Trame sonore parfaite. Le film apporte les faits de la vie de Mozart tout en offrant un superbe divertissement. Très accessible à tous. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Arman
Good and surrounded with much imperial elegance. Fictionalization of an authentic bio, of course but that's literary license. Read morePublished 7 months ago by William Griffiths