Today is the 258th birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Of course he didn't live to see 258 (unless there's a vampire Mozart creeping around), dying an ignoble pauper's burial death at 35 despite a lifetime's worth of legendary brilliant compositions already behind him. Remember how great Amadeus (1984) was back when the biopic genre still produced huge quality epics? Remember when The Academy understood that movies could have two leads of the same gender? [More...]
In today's Oscar climate Amadeus, which was grandly entertaining (at least as I recall it) as well as gloriously crafted both visually and aurally (it won 8 Oscars), I suspect it would still be a very big deal but surely Salieri (F Murray Abraham), whose story it so subversively is despite the title, would be reduced to "Best Supporting Actor"... yet another indignity for the jealous forgotten composer!
How long has it been since you've seen Amadeus (1984). It's been AGES for me. I wonder it it's still all that?