Flamboyant Musical Persona

After my first viewing of these films, I have returned to them many times since. The main characters are vivaciously full of life, and the stories are imaginatively constructed. Although both films are adapted from stage plays, they still might be an unlikely pair, as one is based totally in fiction.


Amadeus (1984) is directed by the renowned Miloš Forman (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), and stars Tom Hulce (The Inner Circle). The story is an urban legend from Vienna about the death of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It displays Mozart’s virtuosity and appetite for life, all the while being envied by his contemporary, the court’s composer. Amadeus is masterfully directed with a superb soundtrack, as one would easily suspect. It is a movie for all to love.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001) is written, directed and even stars John Cameron Mitchell. It’s an emigration musical about an East German boy who is inspired by the rock music of the free world. Hedwig’s dreams of finding love and musical acclaim are fodder for Mitchell’s gender-bending writing genius. The soundtrack is so revered that there is a tribute made for it called Wig in a Box.

Until next time, I hope you have a great viewing experience. Comments are welcomed at cinespire@gmail.com.


About the Author

Norbert made Murfreesboro, Tenn., his home in 1997. He conceived the Living Room Cinema column in 2006, and submits them regularly to the Murfreesboro Pulse. Aside from his love of films, Norbert is also an avid photographer. He is the very proud father of two, he beats on an old guitar, and plays a dicey game of Chess at best. Like Living Room Cinema at facebook.com/livingroomcinema.

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