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Amadeus (1984) Movie Summary

Amadeus is the story of the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as told by the composer Antonio Salieri in his waning years from an insane asylum that he has been committed to after he attempts a very Christian suicide circa 1823. He confesses to Father Guido Sarducci that he is responsible for Mozart’s death, and then goes into a rambling account of the events that went on. There’s nothing like an old guy who won’t shut up about his glory days!

Apparently, Salieri has been harboring a forty year grudge against God for making Mozart, whom he describes as a boastful, lustful, smutty, and infantile boy, a musical genius. Salieri talks up his upbringing as a devout, God-fearing man, and how he pledged to God to be celibate in return for a life in the music biz, and even though he seems to remain pure of the penis, his heart is cold and cruel!

Salieri’s faith in God diminishes the more he grows to know Mozart, his short comings, and his musical talent. He both adores Mozart and resents him. Soon, Salieri thinks God is mocking his mediocrity, and he undermines Mozart every chance he gets, by getting Amadeus’ wife to show him her tits, by getting him a job to teach dogs to howl, and by keeping Mozart’s operas from being performed for more than five shows to name a few.

Mozart is as much an infantile boy as he is a musical genius, and just as big of a drunk. He struggles tremendously, even without Salieri’s devious efforts. Mozart always seems to lack money, common sense, and overspends at every turn. Eventually, after his father dies, a masked man hires Mozart to compose a requiem for him.

That masked man is a disguised Salieri, and he hopes to murder Mozart once the requiem is finished so he can take the credit for writing the piece which he will of course dedicate to Wolfie’s memory.

The plot works – kind of – as Mozart does die from the strain of trying to compose the requiem, but Salieri doesn’t get the completed work. Mozart dies before he can finish it. He is buried in an unmarked grave with the other paupers on a rainy afternoon. Salieri lives on for three more decades in mediocrity – the way God intended.

Father Guido doesn’t get paid enough to listen to this shit.

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