Amadeus

9 Aug
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2 Scenes from the Amadeus screenplay by Peter Shaffer involving Salieri’s introduction to Mozart.  Meanwhile, we are only communicating in opera and ballet around the house and so should you.

 1

MOZART
Sra-I’m-sick! Sra-I’m sick!

 

CONSTANZE
Yes, you are. You’re very sick.

 

MOZART
No, no. Say it backwards, shit-wit.
Sra-I’m-sick Say it backwards!

 

CONSTANZE
(working it out)
Sra-I’m-sick. Sick – kiss I’m – my
Kiss my! Sra-I’m-sick – Kiss my arse!

 

MOZART
Em iram! Em iram!

 

CONSTANZE
No, I’m not playing this game.

 

MOZART
No, this is serious. Say it backwards.

 

CONSTANZE
No!

 

MOZART
Just say it – you’ll see. It’s very
serious. Em iram! Em iram!

 

CONSTANZE
Iram – marry Em – marry me! No, no!
You’re a fiend. I’m not going to
marry a fiend. A dirty fiend at that.

 

MOZART
Ui-vol-i-tub!

 

CONSTANZE
Tub – but i-tub – but I vol – love
but I love ui – You. I love you!

 

The mood becomes suddenly softer. She kisses him. They
embrace. Then he spoils it.

 

MOZART
Tish-I’m tee. What’s that?

 

CONSTANZE
What?

 

MOZART
Tish-I’m-tee.

 

CONSTANZE
Eat

 

MOZART
Tish-I’m-tee.
CONSTANZE
Eat my – ah!

 

Shocked, she strikes at him. At the same moment the music
starts in the salon next door. We hear the opening of the
Serenade for Thirteen Wind Instruments, K.

 

MOZART
My music! They’ve started! They’ve
started without me!

 

He leaps up, disheveled and rumpled and runs out of the room.
Salieri watches in amazement and disgust.

 

 2

INT. PALACE GRAND SALON – DAY – 1780’S

 

Salieri, in this vast room, is standing and looking at the
full score of the Serenade. He turns the pages back to the
slow movement. Instantly, we again hear its lyrical strains.

 

CU, Salieri, reading the score of the Adagio in helpless
fascination. The music is played against his description of

 

OLD SALIERI (V.O.)

Extraordinary! On the page it looked
nothing. The beginning simple, almost
comic. Just a pulse – bassoons and
basset horns – like a rusty
squeezebox. Then suddenly – high
above it – an oboe, a single note,
hanging there unwavering, till a
clarinet took over and sweetened it
into a phrase of such delight! This
was no composition by a performing
monkey! This was a music I’d never
heard. Filled with such longing,
such unfulfillable longing, it had
me trembling. It seemed to me that I
was hearing a voice of God.

 

Suddenly the music snaps off. Mozart stands before him as he
lays down the score.

 

MOZART
Excuse me!

 

He takes the score, bows, and struts briskly out of the room.
Salieri stares uncomprehendingly after the jaunty little man.

 

OLD SALIERI (V.O.)
But why?

 

INT. OLD SALIERI’S HOSPITAL ROOM – NIGHT – 1823

 

OLD SALIERI

Why? Would God choose an obscene
child to be His instrument? It was
not to be believed! This piece had
to be an accident. It had to be!

One Response to “Amadeus”

  1. Robert Wagner August 10, 2014 at 3:11 am #

    I take this stuff too seriously. It is only a movie. It is only a movie.

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