2023 Blind Spot Series: Amadeus
What I knew going in: That it's one of the few Best Picture winners to also win Best Play at the Tony's.
This is the tale of the famous Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce)....told by his rival Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham) A man who is painfully aware he will never stack up to Mozart's genius. After attempting to take his own life, he recounts his tale of causing Mozart's death to a priest. (Richard Frank)
I know I'm veeeeeeeeeeeerrrrry late with this take, but Amadeus fucking rocks. I was not expecting to completely fall in love with this the way I did. While not first and foremost a comedy, some of the cuts this film had were absolutely genius. Salieri at one point refers to himself as the "Patron Saint of Mediocrity" which might be one of my favorite lines of all time now.
Everything about this film worked for me. The costumes, the music, the editing, and most of all the actors. Both Abraham and Hulce were outstanding and it's a pitty they couldn't share the Oscar that Abraham eventually won for his performance. The supporting cast of characters was great as well. Especially Elizabeth Berridge as Mozart's young wife Constanza, and Richard Frank in his small role as the priest getting to listen to this tale. (The acting the man does with his eyes in this...genuine what-the-fuckery at its finest)
The only negative thing I could say is it's maybe a little too long. Prime only has the 3 hour Director's Cut so I'm not sure what the theatrical version looked like compared to this, but even with that extra time, I was never bored.