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.