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  • Mozart may be an annoying, rude, mischievous, brat of a Manchild, but that doesn't overshadow his genius. He was able to repeat and improve Salieri's welcome march by ear mere minutes after hearing it (and hearing it performed badly, at that). He manages to convince Emperor Joesph to let him perform The Marriage of Figaro. When his dad dies, what does he do to show his grief? Creates the world's first darkest opera in the form of Don Giovanni. Last but not least he was determined to play through The Magic Flute until he passes out.
    • Not only that but as impulsive and carefree and immature he was, he took his work very seriously.
  • Constanze sneaks away various pieces her husband has been working on, offering them to Salieri for a price. Salieri begins flipping through the portfolio... only to come across some of the most beautiful sheet music he ever saw. Stunning him further, he sees they are first drafts without any corrections, as though Mozart already completed them in thought before committing to paper.note  It is in this moment, Salieri truly understands his colleague's divine touch... driving him even further to envy and revenge.
    • On a meta-level during this scene, Abraham's wordless performance relying entirely on his facial expressions to convey Salieri's awe while reading Mozart's works. And for the film-makers who brilliantly have the soundtrack play snippets from each piece as Salieri reads them, matching perfectly Abraham's expressions helping the audience understand just what it is Salieri can hear just from the sheets...
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  • As wicked as it was, Salieri's scheme was brilliant.
  • The film itself was nominated for eleven Academy Awards (and six Golden Globes) and won eight (and four, respectively). F. Murray Abraham and Tom Hulce were both nominated for 'Best Actor' (with Abraham winning); while it's not the only film to have accomplished this, it remains the most recent, with no other film in the more than thirty years since its release accomplishing it again.
  • The Confutatis composition scene. In order to get the impression Salieri did not understand Mozart's genius, Tom Hulce deliberately began skipping lines in order to confuse F. Murray Abraham. And Abraham played right along with it, giving us the scene we know today.


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