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directed by: Slavo Luther
produced by: Karel Dirka
starring:Max Tidof, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Catarina Raacke, Wolfgang Preiss, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Winfried Glatzeder, Katja Flint
running time: 93 min.
Vienna, December 5th, 1791
Friends and associates of Mozart's are gathered at his deathbed. Officially, they
are in mourning but the small room is filled with mistrust, fear, and suspicion.
The Chief of the Secret Police is present and Mozart's short life is unrolled in a
dramatic hearing - his musical genius, his obstinate love of freedom, his
boundless lust of life, and his extreme passions. But Mozart is not only portrayed
as a genius, but as a man with ordinary fears, strengths, and weaknesses.
His life is a hectic one, he is obsessed by the conviction that he does not have
much time to live.
Mozart is a fascinating man but difficult to get along with. He offends his friends
but offers little or no resistance to his enemies and their intrigues.
The film's dramatic structure is similar to that of a thriller. Not even the Secret
Police Chief's methods of interrogation can answer all the questions. Everyone in
the room had a motive and an opportunity to kill Mozart. His death, however,
is and remains a mystery.