23 April 2018

Amadeus




 Amadeus 1984
  • Director: Milos Forman
  • Based on the play by Peter Shaffer
  • Cast: F Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Roy Dotrice, Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon, Simon Callow
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in
    • F Murry Abraham – Inside Llewyn Davis
    • Tom Hulce – Stranger than Fiction, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Echo Park
    • Elizabeth Berridge – Hildago
    • Simon Callow – Doctor Who, Angels of America, Bright Young Things, Shakespeare in Love, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Postcards from the Edge, Morse, A Room with a View
    • Jeffrey Jones – Sleepy Hollow, Ed Wood, Beetlejuice
    • Cynthia Nixon – Igby Goes Down, Marvin’s Room, The Pelican Files
  • Why? A classic of sorts
  • Seen: 3-4 times before. Now 14 April 2018 

The news has just reached us that Milos Formas has died. This and Hair are his best. We’ve recently seen Hair so in his memory we are now seeing this.
Salieri (Abraham) has vowed chastity and devotion if God grants him the ability to compose music. His music is successful and popular but – mediocre. Forgettable.
Mozart. Child prodigy. Genius. His music is sublime but he is vulgar, arrogant, shallow, an egocentric popinjay. Through Saliari’s burning envy and bitterness we see the rise and fall of Mozart.
Wolfie (Hulce) and his abrasive donkey laugh is endearing. The blatant American accents, especially that of the very 20th century wife Stanzi (Berridge), has never really worked and distracts from the otherwise well played characters.
It’s fun with a lot of good music and a powerful ending. I do like the emperor (Jones) but it just goes on and on and there’s far too much opera. Sorry, Wolfie, not my cup of tea.

3* of 5


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