Movie: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Essay

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Movie: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

     The movie takes place in Vienna, Austria in the 1700's. The film begins with the attempted suicide of Antonio Salieri, a court composer of the Austrian
Emperor. He is placed in a mental asylum where a priest visits and asks for his confession. Salieri claims to have caused the death of Mozart. The rest of the movie is a narration by the court composer, mostly in flashbacks, of how he caused this death.
     Salieri recounts that while he was playing games as a boy Mozart was playing music for the King. At the age of four, Mozart composed his first concerto, at seven, his first symphony, and at twelve, his first opera. He was considered a child prodigy.
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He had a horrible financial situation. He spent money he didn't have and had many debts. In other words, the only positive part of his personality was his composing.      Mozart's father came for a stay. There was much friction between his father and his wife. His father, who had devoted so much time to teaching his son music, was devastated by his lifestyle. They argued and the result was the departure of Herr Mozart. His father died a short time later.
     One day, a housemaid offers her services to the poor Mozart family. She explains that she will be paid for by a anonymous admirer, but in fact Salieri has hired her to spy. He discovers that Mozart is putting forbidden parts into his opera. Salieri tries to ruin him but the Emperor bends the rules to allow
Mozart to play his brilliant music. The opera is a masterpiece and made Salieri more jealous and angrier at both Mozart and God. He uses his position as court composer to cancel the show after only a few performances, and does this with other operas also. As a result, Mozart becomes poorer, more discouraged and acts crazier and even mocks his dead father.
     Near the end of the movie, Salieri disguises himself in a costume worn before by Herr Mozart. He offers young Mozart a lot of money to compose a funeral (requiem) mass. His plan is to have Mozart write

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