History Theatre / Amadeus

30th Apr '17 1:05:16 PM ryanasaurus0077
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* WhamLine: "Your father's dead." The line, in which Mozart is informed of his father Leopold's passing, marks the film's CerebusSyndrome. Notably, the first DVD release places its side break after the subsequent segment from ''Theatre/DonGiovanni''.
6th Apr '17 9:26:44 PM Scorpio3002
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** The film paints Constanze's mother as a [[ObnoxiousInLaws vicious shrew who hates Mozart]], to the point where her constant shrieking is implied to be the inspiration for the Queen of the Night's shrill high notes. In reality, Mozart got along famously with her, along with the rest of his in-laws.
6th Apr '17 8:35:41 PM Scorpio3002
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** Another major departure from actual history: Salieri was the composition tutor of one Ludwig van Beethoven (who has a cameo of a sorts as a child), of whom Mozart was known to have explicitly stated was a rising star, indeed Mozart predicted that Beethoven would go on to be an even greater composer than Mozart ''himself''.
6th Apr '17 8:20:18 PM Scorpio3002
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** One of the film's greatest inaccuracies is Mozart's composition method, stating that he composed entirely in his head and then wrote the music down in a single draft. Although this is untrue (Mozart's sheet music went through numerous revisions, like any other composer), it is more a case of ArtisticLicenseHistory, as the single-draft method was perpetrated by historians in the 19th century.

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** One of the film's greatest inaccuracies is Mozart's composition method, stating that he composed entirely in his head and then wrote the music down in a single draft. Although this is untrue (Mozart's sheet music went through numerous revisions, like any other composer), it is more a case of ArtisticLicenseHistory, DatedHistory, as the single-draft method was perpetrated by historians in the 19th century.
27th Mar '17 8:08:06 PM NWolfman
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* SweetTooth: Salieri has a thing for candy and desserts. The opening scene has his servants trying to wheedle him out of a locked room with pastries. The party where he first sees Mozart shows him sneaking a treat off a banquet table. When he's working, he's seldom seen without a dish of candies close at hand. His favorite breakfast at the asylum is sugar rolls. May also count as a sex substitute, as movie Salieri is chaste.

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* SweetTooth: Salieri Salieri, [[ShownTheirWork not unlike his real-life counterpart]], has a thing for candy and desserts. The opening scene has his servants trying to wheedle him out of a locked room with pastries. The party where he first sees Mozart shows him sneaking a treat off a banquet table. When he's working, he's seldom seen without a dish of candies close at hand. His favorite breakfast at the asylum is sugar rolls. May also count as a sex substitute, as movie Salieri is chaste.
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.]]
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