Gandhi's character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. Through his patience, he is able to drive the British out of the subcontinent. And the stubborn nature of Jinnah and his commitment towards Pakistan is portrayed.
Antonio Salieri believes that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's music is divine and miraculous. He wishes he was himself as good a musician as Mozart so that he can praise the Lord through composing. He began his career as a devout man who believes his success and talent as a composer are God's rewards for his piety. He's also content as the respected, financially well-off, court composer of Austrian Emperor Joseph II. But he's shocked to learn that Mozart is such a vulgar creature, and can't understand why God favored Mozart to be his instrument. Salieri's envy has made him an enemy of God whose greatness was evident in Mozart. He is ready to take revenge against God and Mozart for his own musical mediocrity. Written by
One of the artistic licenses taken is Salieri's self-professed chastity and aversion to women so he could praise God with his work instead. In reality Salieri had already been married for nine years when he first met Mozart (1784) to Therese Helferstorfer with whom he lived with until her death in 1807. See more »
Before I saw this movie, I respected Mozart's genius, but his music
wasn't my cup of tea. Beethoven was more to my taste, I tended more
toward heavier classics. But this movie moved me to tears, especially
at the end when they did Mozart's REQUIEM while he was working on what
was to be his last piece of music. Now, I'm a Mozart fiend. This was a
great movie. True, there are some historical inaccuracies. Anyone who
has studied music history knows that Sallieri did not help Mozart with
his Requiem. It was a student of his named Sussmayer. But it does make
this story ironic, that the man who was so dedicated to the ruination
of Mozart ended up helping him in the end. (I question the historical
accuracy of that as well.) I recently bought the director's cut to this
movie. Until I saw the director's cut, Sallieri seemed like a more
sympathetic character, someone who just couldn't buy a break. Who can't
identify with that? But after seeing the director's cut and seeing what
I think is an important scene between Sallieri and Mozart's wife, he
seemed more like a jerk. You also understand why Frau Mozart was so
rude to Sallieri at the end of the movie, whereas before, you see the
next to the last scene and you think, "Whoa! Where did this come from?"
This was a great movie, for entertainment value only. If you want
historical accuracy, watch a documentary or read a biography from the
library or something. Because of this movie, I am now a rabid Mozart
fan. If the movie can make Mozart converts, then it can't be bad at
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