Tom Hulce playing Amadeus in Milos Forman’s 1984 feature.
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It's one of the great mysteries of music -- did composer Antonio Salieri poison his onetime protege Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with arsenic?The problem, curators say, is that too many people think of Salieri as the evil mastermind from Shaffer's 1979 play that the Czech director Forman filmed in and around Prague, parts of which look much the same as they did in Mozart's time.The family's correspondence shows it was Mozart's father, Leopold, who saw Salieri as a threat to young Mozart's career advancement, musicologist and curator Otto Biba said.The crowning evidence that the musicians were close came when Mozart's wife, Constanze, sent the son born the year Mozart died to Salieri for training, said Ingrid Fuchs, who also curated the exhibit.
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