“Amadeus” was about the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the relationship Salieri had with him. It was meant for a general audience, however, a more mature audience would understand the film better than children would. The film’s purpose was to inform the world of the life behind the legend and get a very important point across: That image and legend is not always truth.
The movie is all one big flashback, really, as told to a priest by Salieri. Salieri begins with the background on he and Mozart’s lives, and quickly moves into the first time Salieri saw Mozart in the flesh. At the time (and for most of the rest of his life), Mozart was a giggling, sick-minded, boyish character, and he proposed to his landlady’s daughter, Constanze. She accepted. Mozart was then commissioned for a German opera by the emperor. He sets the scene in a Turkey, and the opera is a great success. The emperor, however, thought there were “too many notes” in the opera… After the performance, his engagement to Constanze is announced by her mother, and Mozart’s other lover, the star of the opera, is royally ticked off. Later, after the marriage, Mozart falls into a fatal pattern of excess partying and squandering money, so his wife brings some original manuscripts to Salieri to be approved so Mozart can become a music instructor. Salieri takes one look at the original manuscripts, realizes there are no mistakes or corrections of any kind, and becomes so overcome with envy that he storms out, leaving Constanze clueless. Salieri then hires a maid to go work in Mozart’s apartment, in order to have someone on the “inside.” He finds out that Mozart is turning the French play “Figaro,” which has been banned, into an opera. When Salieri tells the emperor of this, the emperor confronts Mozart and, after much negotiation, decides to lift his law of banishment off of the play. The daring, brilliant, bold opera is an immense success, and this is the peak of Mozart’s fame. Soon after this, Mozart’s father dies. Mozart writes an opera about his relationship with his father, and it circles somewhat around his father’s death. After this amazing opera, Salieri gets a brilliant idea for Mozart’s demise. He dresses as Mozart’s father once appeared at a costume party, and goes to Mozart in the night and commissions him to write a death mass. What Mozart doesn’t realize right away is that the requiem is for himself. Constanze eventually leaves him, because he works on nothing but this death mass, and she leaves him deeply in debt and not physically well. Later, while Mozart is conducting a common opera, he loses consciousness and Salieri takes him to his home. Salieri desperately needs the death mass finished, so that he can claim it for his own, so he assists Mozart in working to complete it. The next morning, while Mozart and Salieri are both asleep, Constanze comes back home. When she sees Salieri there, she asks him to leave, but he refuses to. She awakens Mozart and sees the requiem scattered on the bed, so she locks the unfinished death mass in a cabinet. While she and Salieri are arguing over the mass, Mozart dies.
The main idea of this film was to get across that Mozart was more than just a brilliant composer. Through the eyes of Salieri, who envies Mozart deeply throughout his life, we see that Mozart was a childish, arrogant, vain man who considered himself the best composer in the world. This is a very controversial opinion to uphold, since most of the world grew up with the knowledge that Mozart was only a great composer and musician. Most people would want proof of everything the movie accuses Mozart of, but some would accept it, since it is, in fact, very logical that Mozart was a very imperfect man. I think there are two opposing biases in this film: One, of course, is against Mozart, and this is shown through the eyes of his enemy, Salieri. But there is also a more subtle bias at work here: that Salieri was also a selfish man and he spent most of his career trying to ruin someone else. And, he ended up in