‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,’
'Baa, Baa, Black Sheep,’ and the
'Alphabet Song’ all have the same melody.
They’re based on the French children’s
song 'Ah! vous dirai-je, maman,’ which
was anonymously written in the 18th
century and made popular by Mozart
when he composed 12 variations of it
at the age of 25. SourceSource 2Source 3
“Sire, only opera can do this. In a play if more than one person speaks at the same time, it’s just noise, no one can understand a word. But with opera, with music… with music you can have twenty individuals all talking at the same time, and it’s not noise, it’s a perfect harmony!”
Throughout Amadeus, Miloš Forman chooses to strengthen several shots by means of repetition. In this triptych he shows the film’s main characters, at different points, closing the same door. Normally when this is done in filmed narrative, it’s used as little more than a device to motivate an edit or signal a transition between story beats, but as the door shuts Forman has each actor drift to follow the rapidly shrinking frame. The eye is deprived as the angle of view approaches a vanishing point. It is in this deprivation that our focus intensifies, and in the second before the window is gone, we are allowed an almost confessional glimpse of each individual lowering their mask.