Today, we lost the second in the team: Miroslav Ondříček, who photographed it.
Probably, single handedly, it is the film I would most strive to influence my work. Not for any of the specifics, which, are all beautiful and well done; But for the deeper choreography that make a work of art actually a work of art.
Amadeus is not just a film about Mozart. Peter Shaffer could have named his story any title he wanted. Why did he choose "Amadeus?" Because, in Latin, Amadeus means "loved by God", and that's what the film is really about.
The film is not really about Mozart's life at all. There's only bits and pieces of historical known accuracy. Instead, Salieri hears God's voice in Mozart's music, and Salieri, jealous of this voice being channeled through Mozart, sets out to destroy him. It's often been said that 'satan was jealous of God's love for man', and that's what the film is really about.
Despite his efforts to destroy the voice of God, it is Salieri who is "consigned to flames of woe", which is in the last major scene of the film, depicted here between the actors Tom Hulce, and F. Murray Abraham.
The sublime and subtle allegorical system which still functions structurally as a great and poignant story, is at the heart of any art I am ever deeply interested in. Amadeus is the perfect example of that.
This film is a giant. I admire and look up to the people who made it. And it remains a benchmark of near perfection to strive for in one's own work.
The culture we build in our present day resonates to those who come later. I am not sure who now carries the torch they once carried, but I know it's a bright one, and one worth protecting.
So, in honor of those who came before us, I took some time yesterday to think and reflect on this film and the experiences I had, even on a personal level with it. I had memories of watching it as a very small child, and now I have memories of walking those same streets, and being in the same room as those who created it.
Films like Amadeus are the reason why I try to do what I do with my own work.
A deeply sublime film.
Rest in Peace, Pane Ondříček
The Journey Continues
Tyler Gooden is the director of the upcoming film, Playing the Game, inspired by the true story of FC Start.