1984. dir. Milos Forman, starring F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Jeffrey Jones.
Seen it before? Yes, several times
The one cool thing about being in a high school orchestra is that you get to watch films about composers' lives. We got to watch this during class on two days after a well performed concert....one thing I never forgot was the annoying laugh "heeeheheeheeheheheheeeheheee" YIKES!
Salieri tells the tale to a monsignor type guy who proves his point when he hums a tune which the guy doesn't know and then hums a Mozart tune which the man immediately identifies as Mozarts...whoops.
I loved Elizabeth Berridge as Stanzie...because she was strong (her business dealings in regards to Mozart and how he wasn't very good with money were true to the phrase "behind every great man is a great woman") and truly loved Mozart - despite all his craziness.
I felt sad for his death, and how he was buried...he was so young...35...heck I'm going to be 35 in five years! I wondered if there was a Mozart still alive today (I had looked it up when I studied Mozart a long while ago but since forgot) and sadly no Mozart exists today for his sons didn't have any children.
If you don't want to ruin your own perception of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart don't watch this movie. If you want to see something somewhat entertaining - the guy got around - with great music, then it's a must see.
Watch it again? Yes
Own it? Eh, not necessary.