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Amadeus Comparison / Contrast
Transcript of Amadeus Comparison / Contrast
Should we compare the Amadeus film and play as two versions of the same story, or two different stories with similar foundations? Plot Framing Devices Salieri's confession to a priest [film]
Venticelli [play] Inciting Incident Salieri cuts throat [film]
Salieri asks audience for their absolution; predicts own death [play] "More Mozart" [film] Mozart and Constanze
Mozart and Leopold
Mozart and dog owner [poverty, desperation] Salieri hires maid as spy [film]
The Masons and Mozart [play]
Leopold in Vienna [film] Subplot FILM: 1984 [Forman, Shaffer] PLAY: 1998 Revival [Shaffer] Mozart vs. Everyone "Powers that be" Himself Leopold Salieri Salieri's lens of jealousy Conflict Film Play Salieri vs. God Mozart's talent Whose story is this? FILM PLAY a story about jealousy a story about atonement Characters Film Play Salieri
Us, the audience
Music as Performance Confrontation Scene opera scene Mozart "memory;" cues emotion opera scenes Style Acting "demolition of theatrical elements"
humanizing Film Play stylized
broad Design Language Rich and opulent in play
Structural in film Rich and opulent in film
Suggestive in play "heart of the play" thrilling melodrama humanist tragedy or Film Play