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Reel vs. Real: Tom Hulce as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

For this week's Reel vs. Real feature, let's go further back in time and revisit a period drama film which presents a highly fictionalized account of the lives of two influential classical composers: Antonio Salieri and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Movie poster via Imp Awards

More than two centuries after his time and death, Austrian classical composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart remains an influential figure in the world of music and arts. His life and musical genius has inspired many works of art and fiction, among them a 1984 period drama Amadeus, which in turn was adapted from Peter Shaffer’s 1979 stage play.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (left) and his cinematic counterpart, Tom Hulce (right). Photos via Wikipedia and Sydney Morning Herald

Amadeus presents a highly fictionalized account on the supposed rivalry that stemmed between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce) and Italian Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham), court composer for Emperor Joseph II. While he recognizes Mozart’s immense talent, Salieri also grows tremendously envious of the gift he believes was bestowed by God upon a vulgar, irreverent, and arrogant man.

The film, written by Peter Shaffer and directed by Milos Forman, was well-received and won 40 of the 53 awards it was nominated for, including eight Academy Awards, four BAFTA Awards, four Golden Globes, and a Directors Guild of America award.

Watch the trailer of “Amadeus” below:

All information for this article were sourced from Wikipedia.

A series made for cinephiles, Reel vs. Real highlights some notable biographical films that you may or may not have watched, and puts the biopic actors side by side with their real life counterparts.

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