Oscar-winning director Miloš Forman (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) took to the operatic heights of 18th century conflict in his 1984 classic, Amadeus -- as part of our Best Best Pictures series. This pick comes courtesy of our Executive Director Logan!
Nearing the turn of the 18th century in Vienna, Austria, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce) stands amongst the world's most profound musical talents, as aspiring composer Antonio Salieri (F Murray Abraham) climbs up Vienna's social ladder. Upon discovering Mozart's immaturity and rampant troubles with alcoholism, Salieri, a devout Catholic, reckons with the morality of Mozart's success whilst having to play second fiddle beneath him. Declaring this to be an almighty error of judgement, Salieri vows to destroy Mozart and claim the throne as Austria's rightful musical heir.
Based on the 1979 stage play of the same name by Peter Shaffer, Amadeus has stood the test of time as a rousingly epic duel of the minds.