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Milos Forman (The People vs. Larry Flynt) earned a well-deserved second Oscar for this stunning adaptation of Peter Shaffer's stage play. Tom Hulce stars as Mozart, whose continued success in the Emperor Joseph's (Jeffrey Jones) court is thwarted by the jealous court composer, Salieri (F. Murray Abraham). Throughout the film, Mozart composes such classic works as The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni and The Marriage of Figaro. In the meantime, Salieri (who shows a certain respect for Mozart's work, even though he dislikes the man personally) becomes the force that will eventually lead to the great composer's self destruction.

Lavishly filmed on location in Vienna, with realistic 18th-century settings, the film focuses most of its attention on the sardonically humorous performances of Hulce and Abraham. As two rivals who hold their grudge throughout the years, while at the same time gain respect for each other's work, the two leads were perfectly cast. Full of Mozart's great music, even if you don't like classical music, you will still enjoy this vibrant film.

My Rating = Four Stars

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