Academy-Award Winning Film AMADEUS Among Reel 13's December Lineup

Milos Forman's critically acclaimed film adaptation of Peter Shaffer's 1979 Broadway hit Amadeus transports viewers to the visually lavish and musical world of one of the most prolific composers of all time on Reel 13 in December.

The film tells the story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart recalled by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri from the insane asylum where the latter resides. The film won eight out of the eleven Academy Awards for which it was nominated, including "Best Picture," "Best Actor," "Best Director" and "Best Costume Design," as well as four BAFTA Awards, four Golden Globes and a Director's Guild of America award.

Angel's Crest (with DOWNTON ABBEY star Elizabeth McGovern) and Ondine are the month's featured independent films.

The series is pre-empted on both December 6 and 13 for special pledge programming.
Every Saturday night beginning at 9 p.m., viewers can catch a Hollywood Classic hosted by film historian Neal Gabler, followed by an Indie, hosted by Columbia University professor Richard Peña. The evening concludes with a Short film selected by viewers who vote for their favorite of three shorts at Reel13.org.

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The series is pre-empted for special pledge programming.

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The series is pre-empted for special pledge programming.

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"Amadeus" (1984) Dir: Milos Forman
Aging Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham), court composer in Vienna, confesses to his sins against the young genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce). With Elizabeth Berridge, Roy Dotrice, Christine Ebersole and Cynthia Nixon.

"Angel's Crest" (2011) Dir: Gaby Dellal
The disappearance of a 3-year-old boy divides a tightly knit community and culls out its secrets. With Thomas Dekker, Mira Sorvino, Elizabeth McGovern and Kate Walsh.

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"Angel on My Shoulder" (1946) Dir: Archie Mayo
A gangster makes a deal with the devil. With Paul Muni, Anne Baxter, and Claude Rains.

"Ondine" (2009) Dir: Neil Jordan
An Irish fisherman (Colin Farrell) discovers a woman in his fishing net whom he believes to be a water sprite. With Alicja Bachleda and Dervla Kirwan.

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Reel 13 is funded by the Sy Syms Foundation and the Rubin Museum of Art.

David Horn is executive producer. Bob Morris is senior producer. Colleen McHugh is associate producer.

Visit Reel 13 Online at www.thirteen.org/sites/reel13/ for additional information.

About WNET

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