Daily Dialogue — February 22, 2013

February 22nd, 2013 by

The aide wheels Salieri towards the door. Salieri gestures to Father Vogel.

SALIERI: I will speak for you, Father. I speak for ALL mediocrities in the world. I am their champion. I am their patron saint.

He CHUCKLES, EXITS, PROCEEDS through a hallway of psychiatric hospital patients.

SALIERI: Mediocrities everywhere, I absolve you! I absolve you! I absolve you! I absolve you all!

Mozart’s signature GUFFAW plays as credits roll.

Amadeus (1984), written by Peter Shaffer

The Daily Dialogue theme for the week is last laugh suggested by Vic Tional. Today’s suggestion by rgiamatteo.

Trivia: Milos Forman and Peter Shaffer spent four months adapting the very stylized play into a workable script. They added characters such as the priest, maid, archbishop, and mother-in-law; Mozart’s character was enlarged beyond Salieri’s perceptions; and Salieri’s monologues were reworked visually.

Dialogue On Dialogue: A sublime ending to a sublime movie, thick with irony.

2 thoughts on “Daily Dialogue — February 22, 2013

  1. David says:

    One of the great endings. I remember how hard it hit me to see this great artist’s death and his ignoble burial in a pauper’s grave. And then when Salieri says his final line “Mediocrities everywhere, I absolve you!” he looks directly into camera. I felt humbled.

    1. Scott says:

      The entire third act is incredible culminating in that amazing piece of cinema: Mozart conveying music in his head to Salieri who desperately tries to transcribe the composition. For Salieri, such a bittersweet moment because he is this close to experiencing creative brilliance, albeit Mozart’s. Great movie!

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