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    Quote Originally Posted by jhar26 View Post
    Regardless of whether one is interested in Mozart's private life (or even in his music for that matter) or not - Amadeus is worth seeing simply because it's a great movie.
    That's your opinion. I happily and wholeheartedly disagree with you. Movies about composers don't warrant my attention.

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    Movies about composers don't warrant my attention.
    It's not really ABOUT a composer. It's a work of fiction, a play/drama, that has two composers as characters. The movie is admired for its aspects of entertainment and technical mastery of film making, not as a truthful documentary of any famous composer. However, if some aspects about either composer being changed for dramatic purposes bothers you, which it did for a lot of people, then I don't recommend watching it.
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    I found Amadeus to be very entertaining. I’m sure it’s not historically accurate, but that isn’t I watch movies for. I tend to think of it really being more about Salieri’s view of Mozart than a biography. In any case, I thought F. Murray Abraham’s portrayal of Antonio Salieri and well-deserving of the Best Actor Oscar he earned.

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    I totally love it. Of coruse it's inaccurate, but it grabs the athmosphere really well, and uses the music perfetly. And Salieri - my God, what an epic character! F. Murray Abraham is seriously underrated.

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    Amadeus remains a favorite film of mine. Historical inaccuracies are of no more concern to me in this setting than they are in Shakespeare. I also must credit it with really broadening my exposure to classical music when I was first exploring the genre... especially opera.

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    Watching Amadeus again recently, after a gap of many years, and being far, far, more appreciative of Mozart's music than I was then, I must say that I enjoyed it enormously - enough to watch it twice over. Approached as an account of a piece of Mozart biography, it is of course hopelessly misleading, but I've come to the conclusion that that's an inappropriate way of approaching it.

    Rather, I find it helpful to approach it primarily as a movie not primarily about Mozart at all, but about a partly-fictionalised Salieri's obsession with Mozart. And so the Mozart we see in the film is not Mozart as he was, but Mozart as this Salieri saw him. Almost everything we see is seen as if through a Salieri-filter; and all the silly nonsense is exaggerated because that emphasises the things about Mozart that disturbed Salieri so much. At any rate, approaching the movie in this way made it a far more enjoyable and satisfactory experience than it had formerly been, because the issue of how accurate it is (or isn't) hardly arises.

    I also recommend the following experiment. There's a scene where Mozart visits Salieri and is given a dish of something which he finds delicious. Salieri explains that it's made from cream cheese, sugar, and rum. I found myself wondering what a low-fat, low-calorie version of this might be like. So I got some Philadelphia Extra-Light cream cheese (very low in fat and calories) and mixed it up in a bowl with a couple of spoonfuls of powdered artificial sweetener and half a measure of whisky (I didn't have any rum to hand).

    The result is mind-blowingly delicious. And if you use 100g of Philly (half a 200g pot) and half a measure of whisky, the total calories is about the same as a slice of bread (a lot less than a Mars bar and a lot more delicious). I commend this Amadean Creamy Delight to you. Don't forget to listen to a bit of prime Mozart while you're eating it.

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