This Classic Movie About Music Shows How Envy Consumes You
March 6, 2018|Ariel Rodriguez
Mystery, drama, classical music and tons of wigs: the fictitious version of Mozart's death
We always hear about how hard work pays off. But when it comes to talent, some people are just better at stuff. This can create a jealous response from others – and I don't blame them. It is frustrating struggling with something while others put little to no effort to it, and they can still get it done well. This might cause envy to some and if not handled correctly, the feeling could be corrupting. A movie that shows how this feeling can consume a person to the extreme is Amadeus, the film based on the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his alleged murderer: Antonio Salieri.
Despite being a movie about classical music, Amadeus became quite popular for its imagery, customs, dark humor, as well as Tom Hulce’s interpretation of an immature, obscene and kind of mad Mozart. His distinctive laugh will change the way you thought about the author of "Serenade No. 13." Amadeus also broke every stereotype about classical musicians of the 1800's – you know, those days when men would wear wigs, makeup and slap each other with gloves.
But this film is not to be confused with the real life of Mozart. On the contrary, it is quite fictitious, yet it does borrow certain elements from history like the characters, places, and, to an extent, Mozart’s personality. Overall, the movie is about how Salieri became so consumed with envy to the point where he murdered the young composer whose talent he desired. The Milos Forman drama is set in Vienna during the 18th century. The story unfolds when Salieri, an excellent pianist but terrible composer, hears Mozart perform at the court of Emperor Joseph II, where he works. His annoyance towards the insolent composer starts growing when the emperor asks Mozart to write an opera. Throughout the film Salieri’s anger escalates as he see Mozart succeed while partying and being nothing of the man he was instructed to be.
Salieri narrates the whole story while confessing his crime to a priest. The envy he felt towards Mozart didn’t end even after he killed him. The remorse of his actions slowly turned him into a maniac but Mozart’s talent immortalized him as a genius and idol. The story definitely has a strong message that serves as a lesson and the director did an amazing job interpreting the world of classical music with a twist of madness. There is a reason behind the movie's success as well as the nine Academy Awards, four BAFTAS, and four Golden Globes it was awarded at the time.