Friday, 19 October, 2018

Oscar winning Czech director Milos Forman dies aged 86

Milos Forman Two-Time Oscar Winning Directo Dead At 86
| 14 April, 2018, 22:14

Milos Forman, the Oscar-winning director of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeus, has passed away in the United States this Friday, April 13, his third wife Martina told Czech news agency CTK.

One Few Over the Cuckoo's Nest starred Jack Nicholson and won five Oscars in 1976, while 1984's Amadeus won eight.

Forman's manager Dennis Aspland confirmed to the Press Association that he had been told by the director's wife Martina that he had "passed away late last night".

In America, his record as a Czech filmmaker was enough to gain him entree to Hollywood's studios, but his early suggestions for film projects were quickly rejected.

Later works included "Valmont" (1989), "The People vs. Larry Flynt" (1996), which garnered Forman another best director Oscar nomination, "Man on the Moon" (1999) and "Goya's Ghosts" (2006).

His father was a member of a resistance group against the Nazi occupation. He achieved worldwide acclaim with the 1975 Cuckoo's Nest, starring Jack Nicholson and set inside a mental institution.


"When we started to make our films, they were really Czech films about Czech society and Czech little people - and who cares about Czech little people?"

Jan Hrebejk, a leading Czech film director and a friend and former classmate of Forman's wife Martina, told Reuters news agency the director was a gifted storyteller and a great person.

Orphaned at nine when his parents died in a Nazi concentration camp, Forman launched his directing career in his native land, then known as Czechoslovakia, earning two Oscar nominations for Best Foreign Film before moving to the USA following the Warsaw Pact invasion of Poland in 1968.

Forman (c.) directed Danny DeVito (l.) and Jim Carrey (r.) in the Andy Kaufman biopic "Man on the Moon". In 1965 he was for the first time nominated for the Oscars. At the time, Forman was in Paris, in negotiations for Taking Off, a USA production about the youth protest movement.

Born to a Protestant family in the central Czech town of Caslav on February 18, 1932, the double Oscar winner's life was indelibly scarred by World War II. The two had another set of twins, who the director named after Andrew Kaufman and Jim Carrey.

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