Though Czechoslovakian filmmaker Miloš Forman, who passed away on April 13 at the age of 86, directed only 13 feature films, the two American films for which he received Academy Awards for Best Director (and which were also named Best Picture) – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and Amadeus – cemented his legacy as an icon in the art of cinema. We will be presenting both of these landmark films at The Frida in May – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest on May 6, 7, and 8, and Amadeus: The Director’s Cut on May 19 and 20.
A meticulously period-accurate masterpiece which received overwhelming acclaim from respected critics and moviegoers alike, Amadeus swept international film festival awards, and took home eight Academy Awards. Adapted from Peter Shaffer’s stage-show of the same name, the story focuses on the rise and fall of the young genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce), as told by the man who considered himself Mozart’s greatest rival, the pious Antonio Salieri (Oscar-winner F. Murray Abraham). Essentially confessing his sins by relating the story to a priest, the aging Salieri – confined in an insane asylum – recalls the events that occurred decades ago when Mozart first gained favor for his musical talent within the Austrian court by the emperor Joseph II (Jeffrey Jones). Brimming with jealousy and rage that God would bestow such extraordinary talent on a man who he considers to be an impudent man-child, Salieri conceives of an insidious plot to satisfy his ravenous thirst for vengeance – both against Mozart, and against the God he feels betrayed him.
Director’s Cut version restores 20 minutes excised from the original theatrical release.
Saturday, May 19th – 3:30pm, 7:30pm
Sunday, May 20th – 3:30pm, 7:30pm
“One of the best American films of the 1980s. Rating: 10/10” – Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy