The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told in flashback mode by Antonio Salieri - now confined to an insane asylum. [imdb]
Nominated for 11 Oscars:
Best Picture (WINNER)
Best Director: Milos Forman (WINNER)
Best Actor: F. Murray Abraham (WINNER)
Best Actor: Tom Hulce
Best Adapted Screenplay (WINNER)
Best Art Direction (WINNER)
Best Costume Design (WINNER)
Best Sound (WINNER)
Best Makeup (WINNER)
You can tell right from the beginning this is a big, important film. It's a great story told in an interesting manner and it keeps you connected. The music of course is overwhelming, but in a good way. Mozart sounds miraculous and you get to hear lots of his pieces. Of course, this is not a true story, but it contains a lot of real stuff and as it's told through the perspective of one man: subjectiveness should be allowed.
The film has what I would call a classical direction: clean storytelling & direction, but done very well and which gives an intelligent feeling to the film. It looks serious and it's impecable from a technical point of view; I was especially impressed by the costume design, there's a mourning/funeral dress at the end that blew me away. The actors are all great and it's very difficult for me to choose between Abraham (Salieri) and Tom Hulce (Mozart); they are both leading men, very different roles, but excellent both of them. I can easily say the film also deserved its other wins, including Picture, Director & Screenplay. It really is a grandiose film.
My rating for the film: 9/10. It's more of a 8.5, but what the hell; this is my genre.