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Feb 7, 2012 7:00 PM


Film Club - Films on the occasion of Milos Forman's birthday. Free Admission. First-come, first-served.

AMADEUS, 1984, 173 min. (Director's Cut),
Directed by Milos Forman

For this film adaptation of Peter Shaffer's Broadway hit, director Milos Forman returned to the city of Prague that he'd left behind during the Czech political crises of 1968, bringing along his usual cinematographer and fellow Czech expatriate, Miroslav Ondrícek. Amadeus is an expansion of a Viennese "urban legend" concerning the death of 18th century musical genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. From the vantage point of an insane asylum, aging royal composer Salieri (F. Murray Abraham) recalls the events of three decades earlier, when the young Mozart (Tom Hulce) first gained favor in the court of Austrian emperor Joseph II (Jeffrey Jones). Salieri was incensed that God would bless so vulgar and obnoxious a young snipe as Mozart with divine genius. Why was Salieri -- so disciplined, so devoted to his art, and so willing to toady to his superiors -- not touched by God? Unable to match Mozart's talent, Salieri uses his influence in court to sabotage the young upstart's career. Disguising himself as a mysterious benefactor, Salieri commissions the backbreaking Requiem, which eventually costs Mozart his health, wealth, and life. Among the film's many pearls of dialogue, the best line goes to the emperor, who rejects a Mozart composition on the grounds that it has "too many notes." Amadeus won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Actor for F. Murray Abraham. In 2002, the film received a theatrical re-release as "Amadeus: The Director's Cut," a version that includes 20 minutes of additional footage. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

See also:
Milos Forman - 80 - EXHIBITION of posters for films by Milos Forman from the Terry Posters collection on the occasion of Milos Forman's birthday

The exhibition is devoted to Milos Forman on the occasion of his eightieth birthday.


Film Club – Films of Milos Forman
Free Admission

AMADEUS, 1984, 173 min.
Tuesday, February 7, 7pm

LOVES OF A BLONDE, 1965, 88 min., in Czech with English subtitles
Tuesday, February 14, 7pm

GOLDEN SIXTIES - Portrait of Milos Forman
Documentary film by Martin Sulik, 2009, 57 min., in Czech with English subtitles
Tuesday, February 21, 7pm

PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT, 1996, 129 min.
Tuesday, February 28, 7pm


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Feb 7, 2012 7:00 PM


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