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Amadeus

“This was a music I’d never heard. Filled with such longing, such unfulfillable longing… It seemed to me that I was hearing the voice of God.”

Join us at the Rio Theatre as we toast, honour and celebrate the late, great auteur Miloš Forman with director’s cut screenings of one of the 1980’s most acclaimed films, the lush, lavish, and endlessly entertaining AMADEUS. Based on Peter Shaffer’s 1979 play, the film swept the board at the Oscars – winning a total of eight trophies (including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor for F. Murray Abraham) – and marking it as one of that decade’s most notable films.

The film follows the life, success, and troubles of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce, in a truly career-defining performance) as told by Antonio Salieri, the middling (if not “mediocre”) contemporary composer who was deeply tormented by his own jealousy of Mozart’s divine talent, and claimed to have murdered him. Also starring Elizabeth Berridge, Roy Dotrice, Simon Callow, Christine Ebersole, Cynthia Nixon, Jeffrey Jones.

“A lavish, entertaining, powerful film about the life and influence, both positive and negative, of one of Western culture’s great artists.” (Rotten Tomatoes)

“Forman’s tormented, iconoclastic subjects are often pitted against iconic or impersonal antagonists, but Amadeus’ conflict remains rivetingly intimate, in spite of its sumptuous, larger-than-life settings.” (AV Club)

“Arguably the finest movie ever made about the process of artistic creation and the unbridgeable gap between human genius and mediocrity, it has taken its place in motion picture history and is invariably described as a masterpiece.” (BBC.com)

“Milos Forman’s AMADEUS is one of the riskiest gambles a filmmaker has taken in a long time — a lavish movie about Mozart that dares to be anarchic and saucy, and yet still earns the importance of tragedy. This movie is nothing like the dreary educational portraits we’re used to seeing about the Great Composers, who come across as cobwebbed profundities weighed down with the burden of genius. This is Mozart as an eighteenth-century Bruce Springsteen, and yet (here is the genius of the movie) there is nothing cheap or unworthy about the approach.” (Roger Ebert)

Saturday, December 15
Doors 6:00 pm | Movie 6:30 pm
Advance tickets $10.50 HERE | $12.50 at the door

Sunday, December 23
Doors 5:15 pm | Movie 5:45 pm
Advance tickets $10.50 HERE | $12.50 at the door

*Minors welcome in the balcony! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
**Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.

AMADEUS (Miloš Forman, 1984 / 180 mins Director’s Cut / DCP / PG) The incredible story of genius musician Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told in flashback by his peer and secret rival, Antonio Salieri—now confined to an insane asylum.

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