Cuckoo's Nest Director Milos Forman Dead at 86

14 April, 2018, 22:14 | Author: Rachel Mcdaniel
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Oscar-winning Czech-born film director Milos Forman, known for One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeus, has died aged 86, Czech media said on Saturday.

The 1975 adaptation of Ken Kesey's novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, secured Forman his first Best Director win at the Academy Awards.

Forman, the anti-authoritarian director who left his native Czechoslovakia for creative freedom in the United States, was also known for two biopics - The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996) and Man on the Moon (1999). "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", is by far his most popular and highly appreciated film till date.

Forman (c.), showing off his Berlin Film Festival honors alongside German director Wim Wenders, Denzel Washington, Paul Thomas Anderson and Chinese director Zhang Yimou.

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When Soviet tanks rumbled into Prague in August 1968, Forman was in Paris for negotiations on his first American production and was sacked by his Czech studio, leading him to emigrate.

The filmmaker was born on February 18, 1932 in Caslav, Czechoslovakia.

Forman is survived by his wife, Martina Zborilova-Forman, and four children.

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Forman made his English-language debut with 1971's "Taking Off", and from there directed such films as "Hair", "Ragtime", and "Man on the Moon".

Forman returned to top form three years later, however, when he released "Amadeus".

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.

- 1940: His parents, members of the resistance against the Nazis, are deported to the Buchenwald and Auschwitz concentration camps where they die. In 1965 he was for the first time nominated for the Oscars. They were named after comedian Andy Kaufman and Jim Carrey, who played the part of Kaufman in "Man on the Moon".

"A director is little bit of everything, little bit of the writer, little bit of an actor, little bit of an editor, little bit of a costume designer", Forman once said.

Forman was married to actresses Jana Brejchova and Vera Kresadlova, having twin boys with the latter.

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