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Madness and music. This is a fascinating tale of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the most famous classical composers of all time. His talent was undeniable and his behaviour, bizarre, but in his heart he was a passionate lover of life.
The film begins with an old Salieri (Abraham), Mozart’s enemy, attempting suicide. He has gone mad because he believes he killed Mozart (Hulce). Flashback! Salieri is the court composer in Vienna. A proud and God-fearing man, he cannot believe that God would give so much talent to such a pathetic human being. This plants a seed of jealousy that ultimately leads to disaster, for him and for Wolfie.
Meanwhile, Mozart star is fully risen. He has married Constanze (Berridge) against his father’s wishes and spends his time partying and laughing (high-pitched crazy chortle). Mozart mocks Salieri’s music, which only makes him madder and more determined to bring the cackling fool down. Mozart writes opera after opera which Salieri causes to fail, slippery little snake.
Mozart’s father dies and the money starts running out . Wolfie gets desperate. In a moment of utter genius Salieri dresses up as Mozart’s father and commissions him to write his father a requiem, which ends up being Wolfie’s own. Salieri pushes Mozart to finish the requiem, while working on The Magic Flute, knowing that all this work will eventually kill him. Which it does.
Oh jealousy is a cancer. This is a smart, dramatic, beautiful film, filled with revenge, hate, love and inspiring music. F. Murray Abraham is brilliant as the scheming Salieri. He plays him simultaneously sweet and evil. This was certainly a Best Actor winning performance! Hulce is perfect as the crazy, intense Wolfie, though the mix of accents with all the characters was a bit of a strange thing.
Genius seems to lead to unhappiness. This is the message that drives this film. No matter how talented a person is, there is always someone around the corner, willing and able to bring them down. This is a powerful film, a fascinating look at a man that brought so much creativity, joy and passion through his gift of music. Check it out!
Next time, we’re off to Africa in the uber-classic film Out of Africa starring Robert Redford & Meryl Streep.