Friday February 28, 2020

The dark gothic intrigue of Salieri and Mozart laid bare

Amadeus will be screened with live orchestra and chorus for the first time in Ireland, at the National Concert Hall on Friday, August 30

4th August, 2019
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Tom Hulce and Elizabeth Berridge in Miloš Forman’s acclaimed 1984 film Amadeus

Does anybody really believe that Antonio Salieri poisoned Mozart in a fit of cold-blooded rage? This theory was the basis for the brilliant film Amadeus, which swept the boards in 1984, taking eight Oscars, four Golden Globes and four Baftas.

When it comes to films about classical music, this was surely the best we have ever seen. The only stain on its reputation is whether the story is true. However, don’t let that get in the...

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