Amadeus

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Amadeus

        The movie "Amadeus" is a portrayal of the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. When we are first shown Mozart, he is a young boy, probably with the age of six or seven. He is playing the piano and the violin in front of a bunch of people. In he beginning of the movie he is well groomed whereas in the end of the movie he is wold and is dressed a little less appropriately. Mozart's father disciplined him and would not let him get out of control. Once his father was out of sight, he acted as he wanted to.
Wolfgang Amadeus was an Osterrich composer, born in Salzburg on January 27, 1756. He was the son of Leopold Mozart. He was a child prodigy, the youngest person to ever compose music. His style is completely unique and shows a combination of many different circumstances. Though he did not begin to walk until he was three years old. Mozart's talent for music soon became apparent. At the age of four, he could play the piano. In 1782, Mozart married Constanze Weber, the sister of his long-time love Alyosia. His father disapproved
                                                                                
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of his son's choice of bride and lifestyle. The newlyweds lived a carefree life constantly moving from house to house, spending money for enjoyment.
One scene that portrays how much authority Mozart's father has over him was when Mozart, his wife, and his father all went out to celebrate and they were playing the musical chairs game. When his wife lost and had to pay a consequence, she paid it but then Mozart's father looked at him with a disapproving look and that was when Mozart said to him, "It's just a game father." He said this with a sad little boy look on his face. He looked so innocent compared to the other scenes when he was wild. Another scene was with Salieri, when he was dressed up in a costume that made Mozart compose another opera. Here I noticed Mozart's character change. Because of the pressure he is put under from this demand, Mozart goes crazy. With the death of his father on top of it make things even more hectic for Mozart. He did love his father but even with his father dead, Mozart still felt his sense of authority upon him that drove him mad, along with the plan Salieri had in store for him.
        The film is told and shown from the perspective of Salieri because if it were not, then the story would be better off untold. The reason I believe it would be better told by Salieri is because we are able to see his exact feelings towards Mozart. If Salieri had not had this envy of Mozart than I think he would still be alive. If Mozart told the story, then we would not be able to see anything because of his arrogant attitude. We would not be able to see Salieri's envy of him and his
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plan to hurt him. The story is just better told from an outsider than the actual person because we are able to see how everyone is affected by the situation.
        Music further sets the mood. When Mozart went through his father's death and then composes that opera for him, the music was deep and loud creating a dreary mood. This music made me realize his father's death was very important. When the music was cheerful, like when he was playing the piano when he was a child and also when he was playing a game, the mood was also cheerful. The movie made me enjoy the scene even more that I did in the beginning of the movie.
        Overall, I liked the film's structure. I liked how it was told by Salieri and how they went back and forth from his discussion with the priest and the actual movie. One scene that struck me was the one where Salieri was with Mozart in his room at the end and we were able to see just hot fast and off the top of his head he was able to compose music.
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