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Amadeus – Milos Forman And Filming In Prague

Amadeus – Milos Forman and filming in Prague

Milos Forman was a well-known Czech director who became famous not only in our country, but also all over the world. During his time in Czechoslovakia, there was a communist regime and harsh censorship, so nothing much for filmmakers. So he decided to emigrate to the United States. Here his career began in 1975 with the blockbuster One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest with Jack Nicolson in the lead role.

In 1985, Forman decided to return to Czechoslovakia to shoot the movie Amadeus, which was about the life of a famous composer. However there were problems with filming in Prague – the communists opposed as they did not want to allow the filming and the whole production was delayed. The producers tried to persuade Milos Forman to shoot somewhere else, in Salzburg or Vienna, but he insisted on Prague. The communists eventually figured out that the Americans would spend millions of dollars in Prague, which is why the movie was eventually filmed here.

The movie was shot mainly in Prague in Hradcany and in the streets of the Mala Strana. So let’s take a look at some of the places that appeared in the movie.


Nosticova street, Mala Strana, Prague - an opening scene where Salieri shouts into a darkened street.
Nosticova street, Mala Strana, Prague – an opening scene where Salieri shouts into a darkened street.


Wallenstein Garden, Mala strana, Prague – Mozart performs in front of the emperor in the palace gardens.


Maltese Square, Mala Strana, Prague – Mozart walks through the Vienna Market Square.


Nerudova Street, Mala Strana, Prague – Mozart, his wife and father borrow masks for a masquerade ball.


Church of St. Jilji in the Old Town, Prague – Mozart marries Constanze.


Estates Theater, Old Town, Prague – the theater in which Mozart presents The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni. This theater is the place where Mozart actually conducted the world premiere of Don Giovanni in 1787.
Estates Theatre inside


Invalidovna, Karlin, Prague – sanatorium to which Salieri will be taken.



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