Amadeus: Four decades since famous Prague film shoot

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Shooting began in Prague in 1983 on one of the most famous movies ever made in the city, Miloš Forman’s Amadeus, which later earned eight Oscars.

Forman’s extremely successful film was based on a stage play by Peter Shaffer, who also wrote the screenplay. Amadeus, the fictionalized story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is packed with music by Mozart himself and several other composers.

The film was shot on location in Prague and Kroměříž. US-resident Forman and DOP Miroslav Ondříček were able to shoot scenes in the Estates Theatre in Prague, where Don Giovanni and La clemenza di Tito debuted two centuries before. Other scenes were filmed at Barrandov Studios and the city’s Invalidovna complex.

The winner of the final round of our recent competition series based on Czech covers of international hits is Cyril MacDonald of Canada. Congratulations to Mr. MacDonald, who will receive a special RPI backpack.

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