There is a scene in ‘Amadeus’ which is certainly in my personal top ten (and I consider myself quite the movie buff). It is the literal description of a piece of Mozart‘s music ‘entitled the ‘serenade for winds’ as explained by Salieri, Amadeus’ Nemesis and rival in this great movie.
Salieri, confessing his sins to a priest, states: “Just a pulse, bassoons, basset horns, like a rusty squeezebox, and then, suddenly, high above it, an oboe, a single note hanging there, unwavering, until a clarinet took it over.”
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The performance landed Mr. F. Murray Abraham an Oscar for best actor, which was one of the eight Oscars that the instant classic ‘Amadeus’ took home that night. Back then movies seemed different, slower certainly, and with more style than they are now, and the director of two of the greats of that time, ‘Amadeus’ and ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’, Mr. Milos Forman will forever be remembered as a cinematic mastermind because of those films. He passed away last night at the age of 86.
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Other notable work of the famed director included the rock musical "Hair" (in 1979), "Ragtime" (in 1981) and the epic "The People vs Larry Flint" (in 1996), which was nominated for an Academy Award that year, and allowed Mr. Woody Harrelson to shine as the ‘Hustler’ magazine founder.
The government of the Czech Republic, where Mr. Forman was originally from, said it lost one of their greatest artists today. Mr. Jan Hrebejk, another Czech film director and a personal friend of Mr. Forman said: "In his films, you can see the author."
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"When you watch them it's as if that person is speaking to you, as the maker; not many people can do that."