Director: Milos Forman | Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Released: 1984 | Runtime: 160 min
The life, success and troubles of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as told by Antonio Salieri, the contemporary composer who was insanely jealous of Mozart's talent and claimed to have murdered him.
Stars of this Movie
[ Reflecting upon a Mozart score ]
Salieri : I was staring through the cage of those meticulous ink strokes - at an absolute beauty.
Katerina Cavalieri : I heard you met Herr Mozart.
Salieri : News travels fast in Vienna.
Katerina Cavalieri : And he's been commissioned to write an opera. Is it true?
Salieri : Yes.
Katerina Cavalieri : Is there a part in it for me?
Salieri : No.
Katerina Cavalieri : How do you know?
Salieri : Do you know where it's set, my dear?
Katerina Cavalieri : No.
Salieri : In a harem.
Katerina Cavalieri : What's that?
Salieri : A brothel!
Katerina Cavalieri : Oh-h-h-h.
Salieri : Come. Let's begin.
Katerina Cavalieri : What does he look like?
Salieri : Mozart? You might be disappointed.
Katerina Cavalieri : Why?
Salieri : Looks and talent don't always go together, Katerina
Katerina Cavalieri : Looks don't concern me, maestro. Only talent interests a woman of taste.
[ repeated line ]
Emperor Joseph II : Well, there it is.
Salieri : My plan was so simple. It terrified me. First I must get the death mass and then, I must achieve his death.
Father Vogler : What?
Salieri : His funeral! Imagine it, the cathedral, all Vienna sitting there, his coffin, Mozart's little coffin in the middle, and then, in that silence, music! A divine music bursts out over them all. A great mass of death! Requiem mass for Wolfgang Mozart, composed by his devoted friend, Antonio Salieri! Oh what sublimity, what depth, what passion in the music! Salieri has been touched by God at last. And God is forced to listen! Powerless, powerless to stop it! I, for once in the end, laughing at him! [ beat ]
Salieri : The only thing that worried me was the actual killing. How does one do that? Hmmm? How does one kill a man? It's one thing to dream about it; very different when, when you, when you have to do it with your own hands.
Emanuel Schikaneder: What's so intelligent about writing a Requiem Mass?
Salieri: He was my idol. Mozart, I can't think of a time when I didn't know his name.
Salieri: Through my influence, I saw to it that Don Giovanni was played only five times in Vienna. But in secret, I went to every one of those five. Worshipping sounds I alone seemed to hear.
Salieri: This was no composition by a performing monkey. This was a music I had never heard. Filled with such longing, such unfulfillable longing. It seemed to me I was hearing the voice of God.
[Reflecting upon a Mozart score]
Salieri: I was staring through the cage of those meticulous ink strokes - at an absolute beauty.