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Amadeus

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Maggie Millar

IT’S difficult to believe this film was released nearly 30 years ago - it still looks so fresh.

Directed by Milos Forman and adapted from Peter Shaffer’s play, Amadeus tells the story of Mozart’s life from the viewpoint of the insanely jealous Salieri who, as rival court composer, plots to bring about Mozart’s downfall.

The screenplay is loosely based on historical fact and actor Tom Hulce gives viewers a marvellous insight into the kind of character Mozart was - a musical genius with the bizarre temperament of a petulant child.

Faced with the challenge of recreating Vienna in the 1780s , the production team travelled to Prague and the result on screen is sumptuous.

But the plot, characters, costumes and sets all act as wonderful ballast to the real star of the show - the music itself, performed by St Martin in the Fields.

Even those who don’t care much for Mozart’s music, might see themselves swept up by it thanks to Amadeus.

The movie picked up eight Oscars, including Best Picture in 1985 and was described at the time as “about as close to perfection as movies get.”