Rock me Amadeus – The Inwood Living Room Series.

by James Hampton

No, we didn’t play Falco’s 1985 chart topping hit – but we thought about it. The Dallas Opera kicked off our Inwood Living Room Series with Milos Foreman’s multi-award winning film Amadeus. Many thanks to the patrons and new friends that came out to join us for the first in our free screenings.

The movie was based on Peter Shaffer’s Tony award-winning play of the same name. Amadeus won 8 Academy Awards, 4 BAFTA awards, 4 Golden Globes and countless other awards. Seeing it again after all these years was really a treat. We screened the director’s cut which includes about 20 minutes of additional footage.

The film – while wildly entertaining – is not completely historically accurate. But, why let the facts get in the way of a good drama? (It is written that Mozart had an annoying laugh – and Tom Hulce did provide that in spades!)

Both Tom Hulce as Mozart and F. Murray Abraham as Salieri were nominated for Best Actor Oscars with the award going to Abraham. Sex and the City fans got to see Cynthia Nixon in an early film role. (She played the maid , Lorl, whom Salieri anonymously provided to the Mozarts in order to obtain information about his compositions.)

If you haven’t been to the new “Living Room” at the Inwood Theater, you really should check it out. They have taken out the traditional seats in one of the theaters and provided plush, comfy sofas, chairs, ottomans, and bean bag chairs. You can recline in comfort, enjoy an adult beverage, and see some really wonderful films.

James Hampton
Artistic Administration Coordinator

One Response to Rock me Amadeus – The Inwood Living Room Series.

Susan says: June 27, 2008 at 12:23 pm

Wow, this was SO FUN. I brought my whole family including my husband and two teenage daughters. Although we already have this movie on DVD and love it dearly, this was a GREAT, fun idea and really got the family involved and renewed the teen’s interest in classical music and the arts. The plush chairs and bean bags were AWESOME – we were not expecting that!!! I want to thank EVERYONE involved for making this event possible, and we are all looking forward to seeing “Dracula” next month!