It’s just over forty years since Miloš Forman’s classic Amadeus was filmed. Now the film can be seen again on the big screen in perfect picture and sound quality.
Anyone who has ever heard Tom Hulce – aka Mozart – laughing in Amadeus will never forget it. It is perhaps the most memorable laugh in film history. It’s also the laugh of Miloš Forman, the artist who made American film history as a European – Czechoslovak – émigré and won his second Academy Award for Best Director in 1985 for his brilliant portrayal of Mozart and Salieri. Based on the idea of producer Saul Zaentz, screenwriter Peter Shaffer and Forman have built a strong dramaturgical structure, a cinematic opera worthy of Mozart, that works flawlessly for 200 minutes.
The shooting took place exactly forty years ago in Prague and other Czech cities, still under communist rule. Winner of a total of eight Oscars, including Best Picture, this masterpiece is an absolute delight on the big screen and in perfect sound. CineClassics audiences can now enjoy the brilliant acting (the Oscar for Best Actor went to F. Murray Abraham, playing Salieri, not to the actor playing Mozart), the unforgettable melodies, the visual world created by Patrizia Von Brandenstein, Karel Černý and Miroslav Ondříček – and then ponder the meaning and mystery of art and the possibilities of redemption.
The film will be shown on 8 September at 6pm in the Béke Room. Péter Muszatics, curator of CineClassics, will introduce the film before the screening. The screening is free of charge.