Amadeus

Amadeus
World premiere date
Runtime
02:41:00
Other program information

Written by:  Peter Shaffer
Cinematography:  Miroslav Ondříček
Edited by:  Michael Chandler, Nena Danevic
Production Design:  Patrizia Von Brandenstein
Art Direction: Karel Černý
Make-up and Wig Designer: Paul LeBlanc
Production Manager: James Fee

Awards

Academy Awards (1984)
Won:
   Best Actor in a Leading Role: F. Murray Abraham
   Best Adapted Screenplay: Peter Shaffer
   Best Art Direction: Karel Černý and Patrizia von Brandenstein
   Best Costume Design: Theodor Pištěk
   Best Picture
   Best Director: Miloš Forman
   Best Makeup: Dick Smith and Paul LeBlanc
   Best Sound Mixing: Mark Berger, Thomas Scott, Todd Boekelheide and Christopher Newman
Nominated:
   Best Actor in a Leading Role: Tom Hulce
   Best Cinematography: Miroslav Ondříček
   Best Film Editing: Nena Danevic and Michael Chandler

Golden Globe Awards
Won:
   Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama: F. Murray Abraham
   Best Director: Miloš Forman
   Best Motion Picture – Drama
   Best Screenplay: Peter Shaffer
Nominated:
   Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama: Tom Hulce
   Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture: Jeffrey Jones

LAFCA Awards
Won:
   Best Actor: F. Murray Abraham tied with Albert Finney for "Under the Volcano"
   Best Director: Miloš Forman
   Best Picture
   Best Screenplay: Peter Shaffer

American Cinema Editors
Won:
   Best Edited Feature Film: Nena Danevic and Michael Chandler

Casting Society of America
Won:
   Best Casting for Feature Film: Mary Goldberg

Directors Guild of America
Won:
   Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures: Miloš Forman

Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award
Won:
   Best Actor: F. Murray Abraham

BAFTA Awards
Won:
   Best Cinematography: Miroslav Ondříček
   Best Editing: Nena Danevic and Michael Chandler
   Best Make Up Artist: Dick Smith and Paul LeBlanc
   Best Sound: Mark Berger, Thomas Scott and Christopher Newman
Nominated:
   Best Actor: F. Murray Abraham
   Best Costume Design: Theodor Pištěk
   Best Film: Miloš Forman and Saul Zaentz
   Best Production Design: Patrizia von Brandstein
   Best Screenplay — Adapted: Peter Shaffer

David di Donatello Awards
Won:
   Best Director – Foreign Film: Miloš Forman
   Best Foreign Actor: Tom Hulce
   Best Foreign Film

Nastro d'Argento Awards
Won:
   Best Actor — Foreign Film: Tom Hulce
   Best Director — Foreign Film: Miloš Forman

César Award
Won:
   Best Foreign Film

Japan Academy Prize
Won:
   Best Foreign Language Film

Amanda Awards
Won:
   Best Foreign Feature Film

Tharp’s third collaboration with Miloš Forman was Amadeus. Working on location in Prague, Tharp choreographed and directed the opera sequences for the film. The sequences were created for a contemporary audience and are not exact reconstructions of eighteenth century dances. The operas included in the film are: The Marriage Of Figaro, Abduction From The Seraglio, The Magic Flute and Don Giovanni.

Amadeus received eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, as well as six international awards for Best Picture.

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    A production still from "The Marraige Of Figaro." ©Twyla Tharp
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    Movie poster
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    Forman and Tharp with dancers from Czechoslovakia during filming. © Twyla Tharp
Video Description

A selection of excerpts.

Full music program

The Orchestra:
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, conducted by Sir Neville Marriner

The Choruses: 
Academy Chorus of St. Martin in the Fields, conducted by Laszlo Heltay; Ambrosian Opera Chorus, conducted by John McCarthy; The Choristers of Westminster Abbey, conducted by Simon Preston

Instrumental soloists:
Concerto for Piano in Eb, K482, performed by Ivan Moravec
Concerto for Piano in D minor, K466, performed by Imogen Cooper
Adagio in C minor for Glass Harmonica, K617, performed by Thomas Bloch with The Brussels Virtuosi, conducted by Marc Grauwels

Original Soundtrack Album:
Film Composer: John Strauss 

(all composed by Mozart except as noted)
Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K 183, 1st movement
Stabat Mater: Quando Corpus Morietur and Amen (Pergolesi – performed by the Choristers of Westminster Abbey, directed by Simon Preston)
Early 18th Century Gypsy Music: Bubak and Hungaricus
Serenade for Winds, K. 361, 3rd movement
The Abduction from the Seraglio, Turkish Finale
Symphony No. 29 in A, K 201, 1st movement
Concerto for Two Pianos, K. 365, 3rd movement
Mass in C minor, K. 427, Kyrie (Mozart)
Symphonie Concertante, K. 364, 1st movement
Piano Concerto in E flat, K. 482, 3rd movement
The Marriage of Figaro, Act III, Ecco la Marcia
The Marriage of Figaro, Act IV, Ah Tutti Contenti
Don Giovanni, Act II, Commendatore scene
Zaide aria, Ruhe Sanft
Requiem, K. 626, Introitus (orchestra introduction)
Requiem: Dies Irae
Requiem: Rex Tremendae Majestatis
Requiem: Confutatis
Requiem: Lacrimosa
Piano Concerto in D minor, K. 466, 2nd movement