4.5 One of the best RJNeb2 | 26/01/2014 | See all RJNeb2's reviews (693) This sublime take by Milos Forman of the play by Peter Shaffer gets everything just right. The sets, costumes, locations, direction, screenplay, cinematography, everything is perfect. But three things in this tale of the rivalry between mediocre court composer Salieri and his all-consuming hatred of the supremely talented but extremely vulgar Mozart are absolutely spot on. One is Tom Hulce, blissfully obnoxious as the former child prodigy. Another is F. Murray Abraham, sheer perfection as the lesser composer, every slight against him writ large on his face, destined to a life of madness. And of course the last thing is the music itself, a key part of the construction of the film and its success. Wonderful. The director cut adds 20 minutes to an already lengthy film but they happen to be 20 good minutes.