Monday, 29 August 2022

See Hear Podcast Episode 100 - Amadeus


Back in January 2014, Wendi Freeman, Tim Merrill and myself started a monthly podcast to look at the world of films about music and musicians (or any tenuous link to that world). Occasionally, we would talk about musicals that weren't actually about music, cos rules were meant to be broken. From episode 2, fellow music and film fan, Bernard Stickwell joined the team, an See Hear was on its way. The first film discussed on the show was a documentary about a musical genius who was just not appreciated by the wider population.....actually, naaaahhh.....we discussed Hated: GG Allin and the Murder Junkies.

We are truly happy 8 and a half years later to say Welcome to Episode 100 of See Hear Podcast.

If you're gonna commemorate a milestone, you have to go BIG. Bernie and I planned a discussion of a BIG film with two of the giants of the podcasting world. We look at Milos Forman's celebrated 1984 film, Amadeus with our great friends, Mike White of The Projection Booth (and quite a few other podcasts) and Will Smith of The Gentlemen's Guide To Midnite Cinema.

The film brought saw Forman return to Czechoslovakia. He hadn't been back following the Warsaw Pact Invasion of 1968. He'd already made some wonderful cinema as part of the Czech New Wave, but headed to America to continue to make films that made him known the world over. Much of his catalogue of films focused on stories showing the common man trying to overcome oppression by the state / corporation / aristocracy. In Amadeus, we get the story from the perspective of composer Antonio Salieri (brilliantly played by F. Murray Abraham) of how he set out to ruin Woilfgang Amadeus Mozart (a magnificent performance from Tom Hulce) because he was insanely and irrationally jealous of his ability to create perfect art.

Mike, Will, Bernie and I take the time to discuss classical music, the working class, religion, oppression by the state, diagetic vs non diagetic music, arrogance, jealousy, farting and playing too many notes.

Bernie and I are grateful to our great friends, Will and Mike for agreeing to add some class to our little show by bringing some wonderful conversation to the mix....and we nearly get away with no references to that Falco song....

You can hear Will along with his partner Sam U. Rai on The Gentlemen's Guide To Midnite Cinema at've been bringing class to the trash since 1977.

Mike has several podcasts you should hear (we talk about them all), but the flagship is The Projection Booth which you can check out at Check out what he does and discover why he is the James Brown of podcasting.

Huge thanks go to our partner in crime still on sabbatical, Tim Merrill. We look forward to your return to the show sooner than later. We're saving Rattle and Hum for your return.

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