A Movie Review Of Amadeus

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Dalia Selman
The Modern World
Movie Review
2/25/2014

Amadeus Movie Review

The movie Amadeus depicts the life of Mozart from Salieri's tainted perspective. In this paper I will be analyzing three of the most notable scenes I felt while watching the movie. The first notable scene, where mozart complexities are revealed. The second scene in which Salieri begs god for his "breath" and for a sign that he loves him, intended to show is desperation. At last, the third scene I will be analyzing is the last scene of the movie that brings closure to the story. I would recommend this film to others, but I will say it was not the most eventful film or one that is easy to sit through. I do, however, think it successfully portrays the characters and illustrates one depiction of Mozart's life.

One of the first scenes Mozart appears in, in the movie, is him and his wife on the floor. They roll around in laughter and cry out in child like banter. Salieri is peaking behind them, looking puzzled at the almost romantic moment. Mozart is speaking pig latin to his wife asking her to marry him, and saying that he loves her and then he says "eat my shit" and they both laugh. This is revealing a unexpected quality of Mozart, that of whit and humor. Eventually, he realizes that his music has begun with out him, and Salieri looks in awe at the idea that this person is Mozart. He is at disbelief that this obnoxious boy who just told a woman to "eat his shit" is the composer of such God like beauty, he has always sought after. This scene is notable because it shows the complex character of Mozart that seemed to have shocked Salieri to begin with. It gives the viewer an intimate moment with Mozart, making you feel more relatable to him and it takes away some of the mystery of his legend. When you see a person that you heard of many times in such a playful scene, you realize even the prodigies of the world are just people too. They just have a gift. I believe this is what the film was intended to make you feel about Mozart. It was not just to glorify him, but to reveal his true personality. This scene was done well in my opinion because they way they were playing around reminds me of a someone I know, and to me that is a successful attempt to relate the the viewer.

The second scene I will be analyzing starts with the wife explaining how Mozart and his family are running out of money and she is begging Salieri for a job. At first, he avoids the request by giving her treats. Only when she explains that the music sheets are originals and the only copies, does he gain some interest in her suffering. He is fascinated with Mozart's originals and his obsession begins to manifest further as he is angered by Mozart's glory and "voice of God". His facial expressions are all telling of his hidden intentions. Yet, still no matter how much admiration he has for the music, there is a catch, when he finally offers the job up. He his lusting after Mozart's wife now, on top of everything else he has. When Salieri is alone, he begins to pray to God, "Dear God, enter me now, fill me with one piece of true music, one piece with your breath in it, so I know you love me…Enter me, please". This seen ultimately illustrates Salieri's unfortunate love for music and the man who has mastered the art. It is intended to show his bitterness though he should be opening his arms to such talent and glorious people. He is quite literally on his knees begging to have what Mozart has been gifted with. This is symbolic for his desperation to make beautiful music, a passion that is turning out to be the very death of him. The scene did accomplish what I believe it intended too, and I thought that the way the lighting was different when he was praying was reflective of him in a dark time.

My favorite scene in Amadeus was the very last scene. Mozart had just been buried, and the previous scene was filled with family and friends grieving. It was dark and gloomy,...
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