Gaining access to one’s creative source is not an easy task. First of all, it requires getting rid of one’s own insecurities and flaws. We all possess a creative inner self who awaits for the right approach. Milos Forman chose to communicate true feelings by using Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as an allegory. We all have a little Mozart inside us. We need to get a little crazy in order to set him free.
Salieri’s one-sided musical compositions are only an extension of his flawed character. He hasn’t overcome envy although he’s an old man. Envy can drive one crazy. A careful mental process is needed in order to heal from it. Aiming to destroy Mozart, Salieri actually destroyed himself. A person who doesn’t help someone who’s worth it, will soon find himself in a very lonely, unbearable position. Lies return to the liar.
Salieri’s choice to stand against God set him against all humans too. His deeply-rooted vanity came to the surface in a self-destructive way. He wanted to be in Mozart’s shoes, he could recognize a masterpiece but he couldn’t compose it. Murray Abraham breathes life into Salieri’s drama in an unforgettable performance. Salieri wanted to be famous, he had the brains to go after it but he knew he didn’t deserve it.
The message Milos Forman tries to pass is quite clear: the person who doesn’t feel joy when confronted with someone else’s talent is doomed to a very sad and lonely life. The reason is that we all share from the same source. And this place has nothing to do with names, labels but with pure creativity and the joy of it. Through such a flawed character the movie reminds us that the joy of creating is universal and everlasting. It’s present in Picasso’s Guernica or Mozart’s Requiem. We all have a little Mozart inside. Our character will set him free.