Milos Forman’s sumptuous 1984 Oscar-winning drama Amadeus will be screened as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ “Monday Nights with Oscar” series on July 16, at 7 p.m. at the Academy Theater in New York City. Following the screening, Forman, actors F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce and Christine Ebersole, and production designer Patrizia von Brandenstein will take part in an onstage discussion.
Shot on location in Prague, Amadeus revolves around a highly fictionalized version of the relationship between 18th-century composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri. Forman’s film adaptation from Peter Shaffer’s Tony Award-winning play is a feast for the eye, and even though I wouldn’t say it fully succeeds as an exploration of the divine within, it does offer a handful of excellent performances (Abraham, Elizabeth Berridge, Jeffrey Jones) and some of the drama is quite affecting. Less so, however, is Tom Hulce’s childlike Mozart, who displays none of the inner darkness the role required.
In addition to the Best Picture Oscar (Saul Zaentz, producer), Amadeus won seven other Academy Awards: Actor in a Leading Role (Abraham), Art Direction (von Brandenstein; Set Decoration: Karel Cerny), Costume Design (Theodor Pistek), Directing (Forman), Make-Up (Paul LeBlanc, Dick Smith), Sound (Mark Berger, Tom Scott, Todd Boekelheide, Chris Newman) and Writing – Screenplay based on material from another medium (Shaffer).
The film also received nominations for Actor in a Leading Role (Hulce), Cinematography (Miroslav Ondricek) and Film Editing (Nena Danevic, Michael Chandler).
“Monday Nights with Oscar” is a monthly series showcasing high-quality prints of films that have been nominated for or won Academy Awards. This screening will feature a newly struck print from the Academy Film Archive.
The Academy Theater is located at 111 East 59th Street in New York City. Tickets for the screening are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Tickets may be reserved by calling 1-888-778-7575. Depending on availability, tickets may be purchased on the night of the screening. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All seating is unreserved.
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Milos Forman & F. Murray Abraham + Tom Hulce: ‘Amadeus’ Screening
July 19: Amadeus director Milos Forman, and the film’s two stars, Tom Hulce and F. Murray Abraham, attended the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ presentation of the multiple Academy Award winner on July 16, 2007, at the Academy Theater in New York City. The Amadeus screening was part of the Academy’s film series “Monday Nights with Oscar.”
Despite seemingly stiff competition from David Lean’s opulent A Passage to India, Amadeus (1984) won a total of eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture (Saul Zaentz, producer), Best Director, Best Actor (F. Murray Abraham), and Best Screenplay (Peter Shaffer, from his own Tony Award-winning play).
As Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Tom Hulce was shortlisted in the Best Actor category, but lost to Abraham’s envious Antonio Salieri.
Tom Hulce and F. Murray Abraham movies
Tom Hulce, who’ll turn 54 next December 6, has been featured in less than 20 films. Besides Amadeus, Hulce’s best known movie efforts are the comedy blockbuster Animal House (1978); Robert M. Young’s drama about two brothers, Dominick and Eugene (1988), co-starring Ray Liotta; and Ron Howard’s family comedy Parenthood (1989), starring Steve Martin. Additionally, Tom Hulce provided the voice for Quasimodo in the 1996 animated feature The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
F. Murray Abraham, who’ll be turning 68 next October 24, has been featured in nearly 60 movies going all the way back to a bit part in the 1971 George C. Scott / Joanne Woodward mystery comedy They Might Be Giants. Besides Amadeus, Abraham’s film career peak, he was seen in Jean-Jacques Annaud’s The Name of the Rose (1986), opposite Sean Connery; John McTiernan’s Last Action Hero (1993), starring Arnold Schwarzenegger; and Woody Allen’s Mighty Aphrodite (1995).
Among F. Murray Abraham’s most recent movies are Quiet Flows the Don (2006), The Final Inquiry (2006), and Wine and Kisses (2007).
Milos Forman, Tom Hulce and F. Murray Abraham photos: Kevin Macdonald / © A.M.P.A.S.