As a teenager, Salieri is passionate about music, but his domineering father makes it impossible for him to pursue his dreams.
His father dislikes music and mocks not only Salieri's passion for music, but also Salieri's musical icon, the six years old prodigy, Mozart. Feeling helpless, young Salieri turns to God. He promises chastity and devotion if God turns him into an exceptional musician whose name and work transcends time.
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Soon after, Salieri's father dies, and Salieri believes that God has accepted his promise. The death allows Salieri to study music in Vienna and within a couple of years Salieri becomes a revered composer in Emperor Joseph II's court. Throughout this time in his life, Salieri keeps his promise to God. He is religious, chaste, and generous to others. Salieri's happiness in Vienna comes to an end when Mozart comes to the city.
Salieri encounters Mozart at a party that takes place at the residence of Prince-Archbishop Colloredo of Salzburg. Mozart acts inappropriately with a young woman, and this shatters the grand image that Salieri has of him. Still, Salieri approves of Emperor Joseph's decision to hire Mozart to compose a German opera for the national theater. Salieri soon regrets this decision when Mozart insults a piece that Salieri writes to welcome him to the emperor's palace.
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Mozart insults Salieri further by sleeping with Katherina Cavalieri , the woman whom Salieri admires. Mozart's presence in Vienna puts a strain on Salieri's relationship with God. Salieri becomes conscious of his mediocrity because of Mozart, and this sense of mediocrity makes Salieri feel betrayed by God.
Salieri realizes that, despite his esteemed position in the emperor's court, God has not, after all, fulfilled the prayers from his teenage years. He realizes bitterly that Mozart, the vulgar and infantile man, is the exceptional talent, not him. These revelations cause Salieri great pain, and they lead him down a dark path. As Salieri descends into darkness, he takes advantage of Mozart's precarious living situation in Vienna. After Mozart severs ties with Prince-Archbishop Colloredo, Mozart only has tutoring positions and his performances as sources of income to support his extravagant lifestyle.
Salieri knows this and spreads a rumor that Mozart has inappropriate relationships with pupils. The rumor costs Mozart not only the opportunity to tutor Princess Elizabeth, the emperor's niece, but also the opportunity to tutor other young women in Vienna.
Salieri also takes advantage of Mozart's naive nature. Mozart does not realize throughout the film that a large portion of his problems stem from Salieri. Instead, he begins to view Salieri as a confidant. Leopold, Mozart's father, comes to Vienna, but he is not able to do much for his son. He had tried to salvage Mozart's relationship with the prince-archbishop, but Mozart's rash decisions to stay in Vienna and to marry Constanze, the woman who was his companion at the party held at the residence of the prince-archbishop, cause Leopold's efforts to result in failure.
Furthermore, Leopold does not stay long in Vienna. He's also content as the respected, financially well-off, court composer of Austrian Emperor Joseph II. But he's shocked to learn that Mozart is such a vulgar creature, and can't understand why God favored Mozart to be his instrument. Salieri's envy has made him an enemy of God whose greatness was evident in Mozart.
He is ready to take revenge against God and Mozart for his own musical mediocrity. Claiming to have murdered the composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart , the elderly Antonio Salieri recounts to a priest his dealings with the brilliant composer. The Emperor, a major patron of the arts, immediately commissioned Mozart to write an opera in German, rather than the customary Italian.
Mozart is childish, arrogant, annoying and brilliant all at once and Salieri is simultaneously in awe and green with envy at his genius. Salieri uses Mozart's difficult relationship with his father and his guilt over being a bad son to drive him slightly mad and into a downward spiral of ill health, leading to his death.
It is the early 19th century. An old man is thrown into an insane asylum after trying to commit suicide. He is Antonio Salieri and in the asylum he is visited by a priest, to whom he confesses that he killed Mozart. Mozart appears at the court and is hired by the Emperor to produce an opera. Frau Weber Martin Cavina Count Von Strack Milan Demjanenko Taglines: The man The music The madness The murder The motion picture Language: English Italian Latin German.
Runtime: min min director's cut. Color: Color.
Edit Did You Know? Trivia The performance of "Don Giovanni" in the movie was filmed on the same stage where the opera first appeared. Goofs When Stanze and Schikaneder argue about when Mozart will be paid to write an opera for Schikaneder, the position of Mozart's arm around Stanze changes from shot to shot. Quotes [ first lines ] Antonio Salieri : Mozart! Mozart, forgive your assassin! I confess, I killed you Crazy Credits The producer, screenplay writer and director thank the following for their boundless assistance in our effort to present the physical authenticity and aura you have seen and felt in "Amadeus": -The National Theatre of Czechoslovakia and Prague's Tyl Theatre management for allowing us to film in the Tyl sequences from the operas: "Abduction from the Seraglio," "The Marriage of Figaro," and "Don Giovanni.
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