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Milos Forman, Peter Shaffer: Oscar Winners at 25th Anniversary 'Amadeus' Screening

Peter Shaffer Milos FormanPeter Shaffer and Milos Forman.

Milos Forman and Peter Shaffer: 'Amadeus' 25th anniversary screening

Pictured above are playwright and Oscar-winning screenwriter Peter Shaffer and two-time Oscar-winning director Milos Forman at the reception preceding the 25th anniversary screening of the 1984 classic Amadeus. Hosted by author and interviewer Christopher Frayling, the evening was presented by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences at the Soho Hotel Screening Room in London on Friday, July 31, '09.

Winner of eight Academy Awards – including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay (Shaffer; from his own play) – Amadeus pits Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham) against the more talented (and more “profane”) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce).

Also in the Amadeus cast: Elizabeth Berridge, Jeffrey Jones, Simon Callow, Roy Dotrice, and Christine Ebersole.

Milos Forman movies

Initially in Czechoslovakia and later in Hollywood and elsewhere, Milos Forman has directed (and sometimes written and/or produced) about 15 feature films. Besides Amadeus, titles include the following:

  • The Loves of a Blonde (1965). With Hana Brejchová and Vladimír Pucholt.
  • The Firemen's Ball (1967). With Jan Vostrcil.
  • Taking Off (1971). With Lynn Carlin, Buck Henry, Georgia Engel, Audra Lindley, Tony Harvey, Paul Benedict, and Vincent Schiavelli.
  • Best Picture and Best Director Academy Award winner One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975). With Best Actor and Best Actress winners Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher.
  • Hair (1979). With Treat Williams, John Savage, and Beverly D'Angelo.
  • Ragtime (1981). With Elizabeth McGovern, James Cagney, Howard E. Rollins Jr., Moses Gunn, Brad Dourif, Donald O'Connor, James Olson, Mary Steenburgen, Mandy Patinkin, Debbie Allen, Kenneth McMillan, and Pat O'Brien.
  • Valmont (1989), a version of Dangerous Liaisons, with Colin Firth, Annette Bening, Meg Tilly, Fairuza Balk, and Siân Phillips.
  • The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996). With Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, Edward Norton, and Crispin Glover.
  • Man on the Moon (1999). With Jim Carrey as comedian Andy Kaufman, playing opposite Danny De Vito, Paul Giamatti.
  • Goya's Ghosts (2006). With Javier Bardem, Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgård, Randy Quaid, Mabel Rivera, José Luis Gómez, Blanca Portillo, Michael Lonsdale, Fernando Tielve, and Unax Ugalde.

Peter Shaffer movies

Apart from Amadeus, films based on Peter Shaffer's plays include:

  • Daniel Mann's Five Finger Exercise (1962). With Rosalind Russell, Jack Hawkins, Richard Beymer, Maximilian Schell, Annette Gorman, and Lana Wood.
  • Irving Lerner's The Royal Hunt of the Sun (1969). With Christopher Plummer, Robert Shaw, Leonard Whiting, Nigel Davenport, Michael Craig, Andrew Keir, and James Donald.
  • Sidney Lumet's Equus (1977). With Richard Burton, Peter Firth, Joan Plowright, Colin Blakely, Harry Andrews, Eileen Atkins, Jenny Agutter, and Kate Reid.

More 'Amadeus' screening photos

Below are a few more images from the Academy's 25th anniversary screening of Amadeus.

Milos Forman Peter Shaffer Christopher FraylingChristopher Frayling, Peter Shaffer and Milos Forman.
Bryan Adams Sophie WinklemanSophie Winkleman and Bryan Adams.
Peter Shaffer Christopher Frayling Milos FormanPeter Shaffer, Christopher Frayling and Milos Forman.


Sophie Winkleman, Bryan Adams, Chris Frayling, Peter Shaffer, Milos Forman photos: Simon Leibowitz / © A.M.P.A.S.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (A.M.P.A.S.) website.

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1 Comment to Milos Forman, Peter Shaffer: Oscar Winners at 25th Anniversary 'Amadeus' Screening

  1. Daniel Camargo

    Christopher Frayling is a great author. He wrote one of the best books about spaghetti westrens and an amazing bio of director Srgio Leone.