Picks and Pans Review: Amadeus

UPDATED 04/08/1985 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 04/08/1985 at 01:00 AM EST


When they write the book of overreaching, this number should have a chapter to itself. It consists of clips from the film Amadeus intercut with videos of such people as David Bowie, Madonna and Pete Townshend. The point, says an Orion Pictures spokeswoman, is to demonstrate that "Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was the Prince or the Michael Jackson of his day." This is accomplished by showing, for instance, Jimi Hendrix burning his guitar at Monterey, then showing a fire in an opera scene from the movie. The music is "Mozart's 25th Symphony in G minor conducted by Neville Marriner," but in this video David Lee Roth appears as the conductor. It adds up to an abject mess that bears as much relation to Mozart as it does to the the history of Wyoming.

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