All this talk about the loss of the wonderful Peter Shaffer had me wondering early this morning if anyone had thought about whether or not he'd portrayed Mozart in Amadeus as wholly original (because that would have been true). One of my old pieces from the Slate.com archive: Did Mozart Plagiarize?
There are no words for me to explain just how influential Amadeus and Peter Shaffer continue to be for me. There's a point in the film version when Salieri says, in the middle of a prayer, "Make me immortal. After I die, let people speak my name forever with love for what I wrote." They will for Shaffer.