Ragtime: An Underrated Masterpiece

Orrin Konheim
2 min readApr 15, 2024

Editor’s Note: I originally labelled this article “Amadeus: An Underrated Masterpiece.” Oops.

Between his two Oscar wins for One Flew Over the Cuckoo Nest and Amadeus, Milos Forman created this gem that has been criminally underlooked among period pieces of the 1980s.

The source novel intertwined icons of the era like Harry Houdini, Jacob Riis, Booker T Washington, and Sigmund Freud; lesser-known figures like Evelyn Keys and Stanford White who were intertwined in a scandal that captured national attention; and fictitious characters.

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Orrin Konheim

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