Mediocrities everywhere, now and to come
Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham), court composer to the emperor in 18th-century Vienna, has not been blessed with musical genius. He lives music and has dedicated his life to becoming a great composer. And before meeting Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce), Salieri thought he was. When Mozart arrives in Vienna he is commissioned by the Emperor to write a German-language opera.
Salieri becomes viciously jealous of Mozart, but quietly admires the brilliance of his work. When Mozart keeps on demonstrating the mediocrity of Salieri, the older composer snaps. Desperate for revenge on God for giving the rogue Amadeus such talent, Salieri vows to destroy the young composer. When Mozart gets into financial trouble, having no success with his work, Salieri takes the opportunity to hatch a dark plot to bring him down.
Within 13 days it would have been Kenneth McMillan`s (Michael Schlumberg) 81th birthday.
* July 2, 1932
† January 8, 1989
Release date: September 6, 1984
The movie was shot at:
Mostly real locations
Four sets were built: Salieri’s hospital room, Mozart’s apartment, the vaudeville theater and a staircase.
Best Actor -> F. Murray Abraham
Best Director ->Milos Forman
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium -> Peter Shaffer
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
Best Costume Design
Best Actor -> Tom Hulce
Best Film Editing
F. Murray Abraham: “I believe Salieri must have responded to Mozart the way most artist do- with amazement, humility, envy and finally with gratitude”. Source / More (Book)
Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker in Star Wars) wanted the role of Mozart in the film because he also played the role on Broadway.
In letters written about him, Mozart’s laugh was described as “like metal scraping glass”.
The performance of Don Giovanni in the movie was filmed on the same stage where the opera first appeared.