Casting aside all dramatic pretense, Grabsky’s Mozart is hard working, devoted to his family, and above all, feels deeply. No efforts are made to hide Mozart’s sporadic crude jests, but set into context it appears that such private correspondences between family members were common in his extended family, and do not denote a lack of culture on his part. These brief references, some saucy letters to his wife, and veiled references in letters to his father place the unrated documentary into the PG category. His penchant for cards and billiards is also touched upon, but without letting his fondness for the activities mar his character.
Grabsky set out to direct the documentary he would have wanted to watch before he embarked upon this project. I believe he’s met his goal of making an accessible, yet comprehensive documentary that touches upon the major character traits and defining events and relationships in Mozart’s life with a good amount of historical accuracy. I certainly won’t hesitate to recommend In Search of Mozart to those seeking a general overview of Mozart the man, as well as Mozart the music.