Milos FormanUSA180 minutes1984ColourEnglish
Milos Forman's lush adaptation of Peter Shaffer's Tony Award-winning play took home eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor for F. Murray Abraham, who stars as Antonio Salieri, court composter to Emperor Joseph II in 18th-century Vienna. Labouring over his stodgy, conservative compositions, Salieri has his world upended with the arrival of the brash, lusty, and thoroughly immature Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce), who conjures up heavenly music with seemingly no effort whatsoever. Bereft of genius but capable of recognizing it, Salieri, agonizing over his own mediocrity and cursing the God who has endowed such gifts on this undeserving upstart, plots an intricate vengeance. "A lavish movie about Mozart that dares to be anarchic and saucy, and yet still earns the importance of tragedy…. Shaffer and Forman have brought light, life, and laughter to the material, and it plays with grace and ease" (Roger Ebert).