History Theatre / Amadeus

17th Mar '17 11:57:02 PM NWolfman
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* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Although Salieri and Mozart were competitors for various professional positions, and Mozart and his father suspected that Salieri and other Italian composers based in Vienna had conspired to hinder his career (leading to the accusations that Salieri had poisoned Mozart, accusations which caused Salieri to have several nervous breakdowns in later life), the two composers actually had a great deal of respect for one another (save for a single dispute arising from an alleged attempt by Salieri to sabotage ''The Marriage of Figaro'', which is the only reason why such allegations of murder were made in the first place–long story, the short of it being that one thing just led to another), and Salieri actively helped to bring about the premieres of several of Mozart's later works. By some accounts, Salieri was also present at Mozart's burial, and helped to arrange concerts celebrating Mozart's work following his death. It is known that in the years following Mozart's death, Salieri was given a chance to set up a production at the opera in Vienna, of anything he wanted. He chose to set up a production of ''Theatre/TheMagicFlute'', rather than one of his own works.

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* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Although Salieri and Mozart were competitors for various professional positions, and Mozart and his father suspected that Salieri and other Italian composers based in Vienna had conspired to hinder his career (leading to the accusations that Salieri had poisoned Mozart, accusations which caused Salieri to have several nervous breakdowns in later life), the two composers actually had a great deal of respect for one another (save for a single dispute arising from an alleged attempt by Salieri to sabotage ''The Marriage of Figaro'', which is the only reason why such allegations of murder were made in the first place–long story, the short of it being that one thing just led to another), it's nothing more than juicy gossip), and Salieri actively helped to bring about the premieres of several of Mozart's later works. By some accounts, Salieri was also present at Mozart's burial, and helped to arrange concerts celebrating Mozart's work following his death. It is known that in the years following Mozart's death, Salieri was given a chance to set up a production at the opera in Vienna, of anything he wanted. He chose to set up a production of ''Theatre/TheMagicFlute'', rather than one of his own works.
11th Mar '17 10:33:07 PM kkhohoho
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''Amadeus'' is a 1979 stage about the life of Creator/WolfgangAmadeusMozart written by Creator/PeterShaffer, adapted into a film in 1984 by Shaffer and director [[Creator/MilosForman Miloš Forman]]. It is based off of an 1897 one-act opera by Nikolai Rimsky-Korshakov, ''Mozart and Salieri'', which is in turn based on an 1830 drama of the same name by Creator/AlexanderPushkin. This article deals mainly with the film.

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''Amadeus'' is a 1979 stage stageplay about the life of Creator/WolfgangAmadeusMozart written by Creator/PeterShaffer, adapted into a film in 1984 by Shaffer and director [[Creator/MilosForman Miloš Forman]]. It is based off of an 1897 one-act opera by Nikolai Rimsky-Korshakov, ''Mozart and Salieri'', which is in turn based on an 1830 drama of the same name by Creator/AlexanderPushkin. This article deals mainly with the film.
28th Feb '17 5:55:27 PM CosmicFerret
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** In real life Salieri was only six years older than Mozart, but in the movie he looks old enough to be his father, thanks to the 14-year age difference between F. Murray Abraham and Tom Hulce.

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** In real life Salieri was only six years older than Mozart, but in the movie he looks old enough to be his father, thanks to the 14-year age difference between F. Murray Abraham Creator/FMurrayAbraham and Tom Hulce.



* LargeHam: Both Mozart and Salieri are full of themselves, with the former heavier on being hysterical (complete with annoying laugh) and the latter, on dramaticity. Unsurprisingly, this scored Best Actor nominations for both Tom Hulce and F. Murray Abraham, and the latter won the Oscar.

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* LargeHam: Both Mozart and Salieri are full of themselves, with the former heavier on being hysterical (complete with annoying laugh) and the latter, on dramaticity. Unsurprisingly, this scored Best Actor nominations for both Tom Hulce and F. Murray Abraham, Creator/FMurrayAbraham, and the latter won the Oscar.
26th Feb '17 5:05:38 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* VillainousBSOD: In the play, Salieri has one during his final visit to Mozart in his BlackCape and mask disguise when Mozart produces the completed Requiem, even tearing off a piece of one of the pages and placing it on his tongue like a wafer in Holy Communion. He allows Mozart to unmask him then explodes at him, revealing that he's been Mozart's enemy all along and cursing him to die and leave him in peace.

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* VillainousBSOD: In the play, Salieri has one during his final visit to Mozart in his BlackCape BlackCloak and mask disguise when Mozart produces the completed Requiem, even tearing off a piece of one of the pages and placing it on his tongue like a wafer in Holy Communion. He allows Mozart to unmask him then explodes at him, revealing that he's been Mozart's enemy all along and cursing him to die and leave him in peace.
26th Feb '17 5:04:33 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* AdaptationalHeroism: In the stage version of Amadeus, Salieri comes to a sick and dying Mozart in his cloak and mask disguise to try and terrify him to death, only for Mozart to unmask him and Salieri to deliver a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech that drives him to a complete mental collapse. In the movie, Salieri visits a sick and dying Mozart as himself and sits with him to try and help him complete his final Requiem, leading Mozart to quietly apologise to Salieri for being such a jackass before dying without ever learning that Salieri was his enemy.

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* AdaptationalHeroism: In the stage version of Amadeus, Salieri comes to a sick and dying Mozart in his cloak and mask disguise to try and terrify him to death, only for Mozart to unmask him and Salieri to deliver a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech that drives him to a complete mental collapse. In the movie, Salieri visits a sick and dying Mozart as himself and sits with him to try and help him complete his final Requiem, leading Mozart to quietly apologise to Salieri for being such a jackass before dying without ever learning that Salieri was his enemy. [[spoiler:Although it was debatably Salieri coming to Mozart to encourage him to work on the Requiem through the night when he was already extremely ill that ultimately killed him.]]
26th Feb '17 5:02:20 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* AdaptationalHeroism: In the stage version of Amadeus, Salieri comes to a sick and dying Mozart in his cloak and mask disguise to try and terrify him to death, only for Mozart to unmask him and Salieri to deliver a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech that drives him to a complete mental collapse. In the movie, Salieri visits a sick and dying Mozart as himself and sits with him to try and help him complete his final Requiem, leading Mozart to quietly apologise to Salieri for being such a jackass before dying without ever learning that Salieri was his enemy.



%% * AlwaysSecondBest

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%% * AlwaysSecondBestAlwaysSecondBest: The source of Salieri's bitterness; he felt that God had given him what composing talent he had solely so he could be the only one able to truly recognise Mozart's genius. Even the fact that he was by far the more ''successful'' of the two men during their lives didn't change the fact that he knew Mozart's music would outshine his forever.



%%* BlasphemousBoast: Salieri gives one after he decides that God is taunting him through Mozart. %% What is the boast?

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%%* * BlasphemousBoast: Salieri gives one after he decides that God is taunting him through Mozart. %% What is Mozart, declaring himself God's enemy, swearing to destroy God's "incarnation" and renouncing the boast?bargain they had made.
-->'''Salieri:''' They say God is not mocked? ''Man'' is not mocked!



* CelibateHero: Salieri in the movie. Not so much in the play, in which he expresses contempt towards his wife's frigidity and seduces one of his students.

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* CelibateHero: Salieri in the movie. Not so much in the play, in which he expresses contempt towards his wife's frigidity and seduces one of his students.students, although only after he abandons his bargain with God.



* DealWithTheDevil: Inverted; in his youth Salieri made a deal with the "God of Bargains" to dedicate his life to goodness, piety, the production of great works of music and (in the movie) celibacy, if only God will make him a successful and famous composer. He sees the creation of Mozart as God [[YankTheDogsChain twisting this deal to torment him]].



%%* DrivenByEnvy: Salieri, Very much so -- as a core driver of the plot. %% Zero Context Example. Envious of whom because of what?

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%%* * DrivenByEnvy: Salieri, Very much so -- as a core driver of the plot. %% Zero Context Example. Envious of whom because of what?The only thing he ever wanted was to be a great composer, and he worked hard for it all his life, but then he meets this crude, boorish boy who he recognises has a genius that he can ''never'' compete with, apparently given to him by God.



%%* FaithHeelTurn

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%%* FaithHeelTurn* FaithHeelTurn: Salieri committed himself to God's works in exchange for his composing career- until meeting Mozart and seeing the talent God had given ''him'' destroyed his faith.



%%* VillainProtagonist

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%%* VillainProtagonist* VillainousBSOD: In the play, Salieri has one during his final visit to Mozart in his BlackCape and mask disguise when Mozart produces the completed Requiem, even tearing off a piece of one of the pages and placing it on his tongue like a wafer in Holy Communion. He allows Mozart to unmask him then explodes at him, revealing that he's been Mozart's enemy all along and cursing him to die and leave him in peace.
* VillainProtagonist: Salieri is both the main character and the [[FramingDevice narrator of the story]]- the story of how he planned the destruction and death of the man he envied. Although he provides a SympatheticPOV, and Mozart (in the movie more than the play) is arguably the {{Deuteragonist}}.
6th Feb '17 8:20:16 AM LordGro
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* WhatAnIdiot: Undoubtedly what the Emperor thought of his own unreasonable ban on ballet in operas, which he's quick to rescind without any quibbles, when he sees the dancers performing without any musical accompaniment. In any case, the look on his face says it all.[[invoked]]
5th Feb '17 2:38:10 PM ryanasaurus0077
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5th Feb '17 2:37:15 PM ryanasaurus0077
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* WhatAnIdiot: Undoubtedly what the Emperor thought of his own unreasonable ban on ballet in operas, which he's quick to rescind without any quibbles, when he sees the dancers performing without any musical accompaniment. In any case, the look on his face says it all.[[invoked]]
5th Feb '17 1:26:58 PM LordGro
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* OhCrap: The Emperor's expression when he realized that he unreasonably forbade ballet in operas.
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