Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Milos Forman, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest director, dies at 86

Milos Forman attends the International Rome Film Festival on Oct. 23 2009 in Rome Italy Milos Forman attends the International Rome Film Festival on Oct. 23 2009 in Rome Italy
Herman Weaver | 14 April, 2018, 20:46

The anti-authoritarian director who left Czechoslovakia in order to have the freedom to make films in the US and captured Oscars for works of art like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeus, Milos Forman has passed away at 86.

OSCAR-winning director Milos Forman handed away in his sleep after a brief sickness late final night time, his supervisor has confirmed.

Other films included his 1979 adaptation of hippie musical "Hair", followed by "Ragtime", "Amadeus", "Valmont", "The People vs. Larry Flynt" and "Man on the Moon", in which he directed a deeply in-character Jim Carrey, whose full immersion as comedian Andy Kaufman was chronicled in the recent Netflix documentary "Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond".

Milos, real name Jan Tomas Forman, was born in Czechoslovakia and was orphaned at a young age when his parents were taken to separate concentration camps by Nazis. "Though he blossomed in exile in 1970s America, his memory of totalitarianism would forever be his muse", writes Gina Piccalo at the Los Angeles Times.

Before emigrating, Forman studied at the Prague Film Academy (FAMU) and was a leading figure of the Czechoslovak New Wave film movement, along with directors Ivan Passer, Vera Chytilova and others. Michael Douglas and Saul Zaentz had approached Forman about adapting the Ken Kesey book, and Jack Nicholson would go on to star. About a decade later, Forman again scored Academy Award success with Amadeus.

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Forman won a Best Director Oscar for "The People v. Larry Flint."

He became a naturalized American citizen nine years later.

Reports stated Forman made the film even after his friends continuously advised him against it saying the story was too American for a foreign director.

In this file photo taken on March 25, 1985 Czech-born U.S. film director Milos Forman holds up his Oscar trophy for his film "Amadeus" at the 57th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood. He is survived by four sons from his last two marriages. It also won Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay. "The people considered it a victory for me that the authorities had to bow to the almighty dollar and let the traitor back".

Forman's first wife was actress Jana Brejchova. He married Martina Zborilova in 1999.

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