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Amadeus is cinematic success

October 12, 2010

Dillon Sutherland, Staff Writer

To you, Amadeus might just be another movie that you may have had to watch in your middle school music appreciation class or something similar. However, this film is certainly more than you may realize. It is a tale of powerful human emotion and the immense sensational strength of music.

The movie surrounds Antonio Salieri, played by F. Murray Abraham, who is a composer with a fleeting audience. The film also focuses on the ever popular Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, portrayed by Tom Hulce. Over time, Salieri becomes obsessively jealous and envious of the young, arrogant and immature Mozart. He deems him unworthy of such a musical gift from God. Salieri becomes fueled by hatred and begins his descent into madness as he plots the downfall of the talented composer.

All aspects of the movie are spectacular. The story is so powerful and gripping. You can almost feel the emotions of the characters yourself. As you watch the film, you can feel Salieri’s anger.

The music is what really brings the movie to life however. The scores give each scene such a overwhelming sense of emotion. The movie is brought together by the works of the composers.

After its release, Amadeus was followed by much critical success. The film received eight Academy Awards- it’s not hard to see why either. Rarely, do you see such an excellent movie that can perfectly express the riveting nature of the narrative, and of course the characters as well. This film is truly compelling and such an enjoyment to watch. For anyone looking for a wonderful movie or those who have a love for music, I strongly recommend this. I give it an A.

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