The Making of 'Amadeus' ()

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This riveting film takes a look behind the scenes at one of the 20th century's cinema classics and at one of contemporary cinema's most maddeningly brilliant directors, Milos Forman. Using... See more »


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Himself - Director
Himself - Writer
Himself - Producer
Neville Marriner ...
Himself - Music Director (as Sir Neville Marriner)
Himself - 'Mozart'
Himself - 'Emperor Joseph II'
Himself - 'Salieri's Valet'
Himself - 'Salieri'
Michael Hausman ...
Himself - Executive Producer / AD
Herself - Production Designer (as Patrizia Von Brandenstein)
Herself - 'Constanze'
Herself - Choreographer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Directed by

Bill Jersey

Produced by

Bill Jersey ... producer

Film Editing by

Max Salomon

Editorial Department

Angela Reginato ... on-line editor

Sound Department

David Franklin Bergad ... dialogue editor (as David Bergad)
Mark Berger ... re-recording mixer
John Cameron ... sound recordist
Doug Dunderdale ... sound recordist
Nathan Gunn ... assistant sound editor
John Nutt ... supervising sound editor
Tami Stepanek ... sound recordist (as Tamara Stepanek)

Camera and Electrical Department

Phil Bray ... still photographer: "Amadeus"
Aaron I. Butler ... camera operator (as Aaron Butler)
Brian Dowley ... camera operator
Robert Elfstrom ... camera operator
Jaromír Komárek ... still photographer: "Amadeus" (as Jaromir Komarek)
Max Salomon ... camera operator
Petr Stepanek ... camera operator (as Peter Stepanek)

Other crew

Nancy Eichler ... production assistant
Charles Kiselyak ... additional interviews
Turid Larsen ... production accountant
Jared Morgan ... production assistant
Mary Nicole Nazzaro ... production assistant


F. Murray Abraham ... thanks
The Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields ... special thanks (as Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields)
Jason Berg ... special thanks
Elizabeth Berridge ... thanks
T.M. Christopher ... special thanks
Nobby Clark ... acknowledgment: National Theater production photographs by
Zoë Dominic ... acknowledgment: New York production photographs by (as Zoe Dominic)
Nancy Eichler ... special thanks
Milos Forman ... thanks
Michael Hausman ... thanks
Sam Hinckley ... special thanks
Tom Hulce ... thanks
Jeffrey Jones ... thanks
Lady Marriner ... acknowledgment: additional archival materials provided by
Neville Marriner ... thanks (as Sir Neville Marriner)
Steve Maruta ... special thanks
Geoff Murillo ... special thanks (as Geoff Murrillo)
Theodor Pistek ... thanks
Scott G. Roberts ... special thanks (as Scott Roberts)
Vincent Schiavelli ... thanks
Peter Shaffer ... thanks
Steve Shurtz ... special thanks
Twyla Tharp ... thanks
Patrizia von Brandenstein ... thanks (as Patrizia Von Brandenstein)
Amy Young ... special thanks
Saul Zaentz ... thanks

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Plot Summary

This riveting film takes a look behind the scenes at one of the 20th century's cinema classics and at one of contemporary cinema's most maddeningly brilliant directors, Milos Forman. Using never before seen materials, from original costume and set sketches to an innumerable collection of intimate on-set photography, blended with vibrant and revealing new interviews of the cast and crew, The Making of Amadeus weaves a spellbinding tale, filled with drama and humor. ...And at the center of it all is the indisputable creative genius of Milos Forman and a cast of characters behind the lens as unique and idiosyncratic as that of the fictional world of in front of the lens. From start to finish, The Making of Amadeus takes an unblinking look at the trials and tribulations of this mammoth production effort. - From the conflicts as Forman goes head-to-head with the world-renowned playwright Sir Peter Schaffer as they take Amadeus from stage to screen, to the seven months of on location filming in communist era Czechoslovakia. With sets crawling with undercover secret police, Milos Forman returns to his native land from exile for the first time in 20 years. He discovers that in order for the film to succeed he must put all his personal emotions aside. In a world in which communist inefficiency reigns supreme and logic seemingly does not apply, the cast and crew embark on a voyage filled with some of the most memorable filmmaking experiences of their lives - as east meets west. Featuring interviews with Milos Forman, producer Saul Zaentz, playwright Sir Peter Schaffer, choreographer Twyla Tharp, conductor Sir Neville Marinner, lead actors Tom Hulce, F. Murray Abraham, and Elizabeth Berridge, among many others, The Making of Amadeus provides a riveting glimpse at a world most never get to see. Executed with a tenderness and craft rarely seen in other "making of films", The Making of Amadeus is a film that can hold it's own against the power of the work it seeks to chronicle. Written by Quest Productions, 2002

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Also Known As
  • La realización de 'Amadeus' (Spain)
  • 60 min
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Trivia This documentary can be found on the two-disc special edition Amadeus (1984) director's cut DVD. See more »
Movie Connections Edited from Amadeus (1984). See more »
Soundtracks THE MAGIC FLUTE - OVERTURE See more »
Quotes Milos Forman: I remember it was the 4th of July. It's not a Bank Holiday there so we were working. We were filming the marriage of Figaro, the camera was behind the stage looking out over the dancers and the audience. So, "roll it", "play back" and instead of Mozart, American national anthem starts to play.
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