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SUBJECTS — Music/Classical; Biography/Mozart; World/Austria;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Humility; Alcohol; Drug Abuse;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Responsibility; Caring.
Age: 12+; MPAA Rating: PG; Drama; 1984; 158 minutes; Color.
This adaptation of the award-winning play describes the career, marriage, and death of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791).
The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide to Amadeus provides historical background as well as discussion questions relating to the view, recurrent in Western Civilization, that music is the voice of God. The film also explores the following dilemma faced by the character of Salieri and by most accomplished and talented human beings: if you are talented, if you spend years in training, if you work hard, and if you are acclaimed by your peers for your achievements, how do you react when faced with true genius that easily outshines anything you can hope to accomplish, especially when that genius takes the form of a vulgar little imp?
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Amadeus is not history. While Salieri and Mozart were rivals in some respects, Salieri did not pay Mozart for a requiem that Salieri could pass off as his own. Someone else did that. Nor was Salieri implicated in Mozart's death, which was from natural causes. Amadeus is a creative work about the jealousy, rage, and cosmic betrayal felt by some talented and accomplished human beings who have not been graced with true genius.
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