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Review by Steve Rhodes
4 stars out of 4
The music. The acting. The writing. The sets. And let's not forget, the
wigs. There are so many wonderful things to remember about Milos Forman's great
comedic drama, AMADEUS, which is being rereleased to the big screen in a
director's cut that includes twenty minutes more of the classic film that swept
the 1984 Academy Awards. Its biggest loss on Oscar night came when Tom Hulce
lost in the best actor category. Competing against him was none other than his
on-screen rival F. Murray Abraham. The Academy chose Abraham, who played
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's rival, Antonio Salieri. Hulce, who played the forever
famous Mozart, has been rarely heard from since, whereas Abraham, who played the
long since forgotten Salieri, seems to get plenty of work on stage and screen.
"Everyone liked me," the old Salieri tells a priest at a mental institution in
which he has gone to live out his last few years. "I liked myself. Everything
was wonderful until he came." The "he" of course is Mozart -- "Wolfie," to his
wife Constanze Mozart (Elizabeth Berridge), a petite woman whose large breasts
seem always about to explode like her husband's loud, uncontrollable laughter.
Salieri, who thought Mozart's music was "the voice of God," resented his rival
so much that he dedicated his life to Mozart's downfall. The two competitors
could not have been more different. Mozart was a fun loving dandy. An
extrovert, he was a musical genius whom Salieri's father ridiculed as a "trained
monkey." In contrast, the reserved Salieri was the picture of piety and
From the palace intrigue -- "too many notes" was a frequently heard complaint
about Mozart's music by those jealous of his incredible talent -- to the great
musical numbers to the many hilarious scenes, AMADEUS is a wonderfully
entertaining picture. Is three hours of it better than two and a half?
Probably not, but who cares? Don't miss a chance to see and hear it on the big
screen. (I would, however, like to issue a challenge to directors thinking
about bringing out a director's cut of their most famous films. Try to see if
you can produce a cut that actually cuts. Now, there's a real challenge: a
shorter version that's better than your original masterpiece.)
The director's cut of AMADEUS runs 2:58. It is rated R for "brief nudity" and
would be acceptable for teenagers.
Copyright © 2002 Steve Rhodes
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