Movie of the Month

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Film Title: Amadeus

Event No : 27
Date of Screening : 06-Dec-2014
Venue and Time : Hotel Savera 10 am

Guest:
Anuradha Sriram

Direction:
Miloš Forman


Information

movie

Antonio Salieri, a devout believer in god pledges his celebacy as sacrifice to devote his life to music. His path crosses with Mozart, whom he believes to have the gift of god while composing music. Envious to Mozart's genius, Antonio strives to prove his supremacy when it comes to music. What does the god-fearing Antonio have in his mind? Does he really succeed to prove Mozart as second best? These questions are answered as the story unfolds.

Language: English
Running Time: 161 min
Release Date: September 19, 1984
CBFC/MPAA Rating: R (MPAA)
Directed by: Miloš Forman
Produced by: Saul Zaentz
Written by: Peter Shaffer
Starring:
F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Simon Callow
Music by: Mark Adler
Shot by: Miroslav Ondříček

About the Film

"Amadeus is a musical drama, set in Vienna during the fag end of 18th century. Owing to its plot and the effort from the team, the movie has 8 Oscars to its kitty along with 4 Golden Globe Awards. Describing the life of Antonio Salieri and his path to being a court composer at the royal court, the movie takes a different turn when Mozart arrives in Vienna. Respectful yet jealous of Mozart's effortless ability to compose music, Antonio hatches a plan to defeat him and avenge the imbalance created by God. Does he succeed in what he had set to achieve? This complemented by the elaborate musical effort make it worth a watch."

Trivia

  1. The performance of "Don Giovanni" in the movie was filmed on the same stage where the opera first appeared.
  2. F. Murray Abraham learned to read and conduct music for his role.
  3. Amadeus joins a select group of Best Picture Academy Award winners never to crack the box office top 5.

Awards/Nominations

  1. Academy Awards, 1985 - Best Picture
  2. Academy Awards, 1985 - Best Director (Miloš Forman)
  3. Academy Awards, 1985 - Best Actor (F. Murray Abraham)
  4. Academy Awards, 1985 - Best Costume Design (Theodor Pistek)
  5. Academy Awards, 1985 - Best Sound
  6. Academy Awards, 1985 - Best Makeup (Paul LeBlanc, Dick Smith)

About the Director

Miloš Forman, a Czech by descent, is a well known director and screen-writer. Losing his parents at an early age and surviving the second world war, he had to leave Czechoslovakia during Warsaw Pact Invasion. After coming to the US, he became a professor at Columbia University.

"Taking Off" was his first movie after his arrival in the US. Among his many creations, two of them hold the pride of gaining him the Oscars under the Best Director category. One of them was "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" while the other was a musical period drama "Amadeus".

Both the movies share another commonness of being an adaptation of a book by the same respective name. Apart from his directorial ventures, he has also contributed to the world of Cinema as a writer and an actor.


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About the Guest

Anuradha Sriram is well-known personality in the Tamil Music Industry both in films as well in the independent Pop-album arena. She is an accomplished Carnatic and Hindustani musician, with over 20 years of performing experience. Having sung more than 4000 film songs in 13 Indian languages under all the leading music directors, she has been the recipient of numerous awards from multiple Indian states & organizations with the Kalaimamani Award that she received 6 years ago being the most treasured. Her path breaking Tamil Pop album, titled CHENNAI GIRL, which she co-composed along with her husband Sriram Parasuram, and penned all the lyrics as well, was released in 1997 and its video holds the distinction of being the first Tamil album video to be aired on international channels such as MTV, Sony Television and Channel V.

Landing up in playback singing was an accident for her. While doing a Masters course in Ethnomusicology in the Wesleyan University, US, she chose ‘South Indian film music’ as the theme for her Thesis delving on how vital a composer was in the overall production of a movie in South India. This led to her learning more about the making of films in our part of the world and her passion towards cinema started to grow. And being an ardent fan of the Maestro Ilayaraja, she named her Thesis as ‘Illayaraja As A Phenomenon In Tamil Music Culture’.

She has composed and sung songs for Karadi Tales (Audio books for children) and she had even forayed into composing for films together with her husband, Sriram (under the names Parasuram and Radha) with Mani Rathnam's production (directed by Susi Ganesan) Five Star which was received well. Her insight into film music is also very thought provoking. She says, “Sometimes, we had to convince ourselves of somebody else's conviction. Unless you are convinced, you cannot work. That was the challenge. A violin crescendo may excite me a lot but it may not affect an average person to that extent.”

In the current television scene of numerous music-based reality shows, her pioneering contribution in anchoring such shows are unparalleled. She still continues to be a popular & much sought-after reality show judge. She has taken her anchoring career up another notch by functioning as a popular Celebrity RJ at Big FM currently.


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