CUAAHK Film Circle: Amadeus (1984)

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CUAAHK Film Circle: Amadeus (1984)

The CUAAHK Film Circle’s inaugural film is the dramatized story of a young musical prodigy named Mozart and his rival Salieri, and explores themes of art, genius, faith, and immortality.

Based on works by Peter Shaffer and Pushkin, Amadeus (1984) was nominated for over fifty awards and was the winner of eight Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Director (Milos Forman ‘15Hon, former chair of Columbia School of the Arts film program). 

The director’s cut is available to stream online via Apple or Amazon Prime (there are multiple secondhand DVD options online on Carousell or other platforms as well, for those who prefer the original theatrical version). Please watch the movie at your own time before the discussion.

We will be discussing the film online via Zoom after a one-hour talk with our guest Professor Elaine Sisman, the Anne Parsons Bender Professor of Music at Columbia University.

Elaine Sisman is the Anne Parsons Bender Professor of Music and Chair of Music Humanities at Columbia University, where she has taught since 1982. She received her Ph.D. from Princeton University. Her research interests include music of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven, musical meaning and persuasion, and music in the Enlightenment imagination. Her numerous publications include Haydn and the Classical Variation, Mozart: The Jupiter Symphony, Haydn and His World, and the essays “Music and the Labyrinth of Melancholy,” “Haydn’s Solar Poetics,” “The Marriages of Don Giovanni,” and “Pathos and the Pathétique.” A member of the Mozart-Akademie, Salzburg and the Haydn-Institut, Cologne, she served as president of the American Musicological Society, which elected her to honorary membership in 2011. In 2014 she was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. At Columbia, she has received the Award for Distinguished Service to the Core Curriculum and the Great Teacher Award.

We have also invited the Columbia University Club of London to join our discussion. They are currently hosting an online Mozart opera series and will be hosting a talk on June 9 18:00 GMT for those interested see the link (

Event Title: CUAAHK Film Circle: Amadeus (1984)

Date: Thursday, June 18, 2020

Time: 21:00 – 23:00 (talk from 21:00-22:00 to be followed by discussion)

Cost: Free

Registration: Please RSVP on this page

Location: Zoom - Link will be sent to confirmed guests within 24 hours of the event

June 18, 2020 at 9:00pm - 11pm

Zoom (Link will be sent to confirmed guests 24 prior to the event)


Ken Ting