The folks at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema think 1984 was a very good year, and for that reason, the Littleton outpost will be screening favorite films from thirty years ago throughout April. Tonight's flick is Miloš Forman's Amadeus, one of the best classical-music biopics ever made. With a script by playwright Peter Shaffer, the fun film brightly characterizes Mozart ― played to the hilt by Tom Hulce ― as an eighteenth-century rock star, but takes a dip in the dark side of the pond by exploring rival composer Salieri's (F. Murray Abraham) deep-seated envy of the younger phenom. It swept several top honors at the Academy Awards, including Best Picture, but what most people don't know is that the version of Amadeus that made such a splash in ’84 was streamlined for the short-attention-span MTV generation, with a great deal of footage left on the cutting-room floor.
Luckily for us, tonight's showing of Amadeus features the director's cut, which includes up to twenty minutes of restored footage and was released later on DVD for a home-viewing audience that didn't care how long it was. See the movie in all its original glory at 7 p.m. at the Alamo, 7301 South Santa Fe Drive in Littleton; for information and tickets, $10.75, visit drafthouse.com/denver/littleton or call 720-588-4107.
Mon., April 14, 7 p.m., 2014