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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.

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Picspams of an endless list of beautiful films : Amadeus (1984)

I heard the music of true forgiveness filling the theater, conferring on all who sat there, perfect absolution. God was singing through this little man to all the world, unstoppable, making my defeat more bitter with every passing bar.

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Academy Awards: Best Picture Winners

All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert in It Happened One Night (1934)

Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind (1939)

Humphrey Bogart and Paul Henreid in Casablanca (1942)

Gregory Peck and Dean Stockwell in Gentleman’s Agreement (1947)

Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron in An American in Paris (1951)

Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront (1954)

Alec Guinness, William Holden, and Jack Hawkins in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

Anthony Quinn, Peter O'Toole, and Omar Sharif in Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger in In the Heat of the Night (1967)

Al Pacino and Simonetta Stefanelli in The Godfather (1972)

Paul Newman and Robert Redford in The Sting (1973)

Robert De Niro in The Godfather: Part II (1974)


Jack Nicholson, Peter Brocco, Josip Elic, Nathan George, and Will Sampson in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

Woody Allen in Annie Hall (1977)

Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Cazale, John Savage, and Chuck Aspegren in The Deer Hunter (1978)

Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, and Justin Henry in Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)


F. Murray Abraham and Tom Hulce in Amadeus (1984)

Robert Redford and Meryl Streep in Out of Africa (1985)


Willem Dafoe in Platoon (1986) 

Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man (1988)


Jodie Foster in The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven (1992)

Liam Neeson and Ben Kingsley in Schindler’s List (1993)

Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump (1994)

Mel Gibson in Braveheart (1995)

Jennifer Connelly and Russell Crowe in A Beautiful Mind (2001)

Sean Astin and Elijah Wood in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman in Million Dollar Baby (2004)


Leonardo DiCaprio and Jack Nicholson in The Departed (2006)

Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men (2007)

Ben Affleck in Argo (2012)

Michael Keaton, Liev Schreiber, Brian d'Arcy James, Mark Ruffalo, John Slattery, and Rachel McAdams in Spotlight (2015)