RIP Milos Forman (1932 - 2018)

RIP Milos Forman (1932 - 2018)

Miloš Forman, the Czech American filmmaker who may have been best-known for his Oscar-winning work on Amadeus and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, is dead at 86.

- 1976: Wins his first Oscar for best director for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", set in a U.S. psychiatric hospital.

Forman's other notable films include The People vs Larry Flynt (1996) and Man On The Moon starring Jim Carrey as Andy Kaufman (1999).

He died on Friday in the United States after a short illness, according to his wife Martina. She said in a brief statement that "his departure was calm, and he was surrounded the whole time by his family and his closest friends". One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, adapted from Ken Kesey's 1962 novel, dealt with life inside an OR mental institution.

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


Antonio Banderas, who has said he was inspired to become an actor when he watched Forman's 1979 musical Hair, described him as a "genius of cinematography and master in the portrayal of the human condition".

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

He was orphaned after his parents were taken to concentration camps. The movie won eight of its 11 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director for Forman and Best Actor for F. Murray Abraham.

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Forman (c.) directed Danny DeVito (l.) and Jim Carrey (r.) in the Andy Kaufman biopic "Man on the Moon". It was nominated for, and won, multiple Oscars, including Best Picture.

"I explained I wanted to make the film because to me it was not just literature but real life, the life I lived in Czechoslovakia from my birth in 1932 until 1968", Forman told the Directors Guild of America. This also included an Oscar for Forman in the Category of Best Director. The two divorced after four years, and Forman went on to have twin sons with his second wife, actress Vera Kresadlova.

The director's first marriage, to actress Jana Brejchova ended in divorce.

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