The film also reflects how Mozart constantly challenged traditional musical conventions. He did this in his choice of subject matter, which often introduced ideas that seemed lewd and vulgar to the upper elite, but that is not such a shock to today’s audience. The film brings this shock-factor out by focusing on Mozart’s sometimes bizarre behavior and outlandish outfits. For example, he is very dramatic in his staging of Figaro. He emphasizes the emotional qualities of the story, but is told music does not entertain. Accepted wisdom held that the purpose of music is to make the listener think and to bring his thinking closer to God. Yet, this is exactly what Mozart’s music does for Salieri, “God was singing to all the world of perfect absolution.” Throughout the film, lighting and costuming show Mozart to be seeking ways of being different.
However, it is the music that drives the audience. This is emphasized by Salieri’s reverent descriptions, “replace one note and it would be diminished, displace one phrase and the structure would fall. Here again was the very voice of God.” Even the darkest music presented in the film, the final scene of Don Giovanni, is presented as a heavenly voice and drives