RIP Milos Forman (1932 - 2018)

RIP Milos Forman (1932 - 2018)

RIP Milos Forman (1932 - 2018)

Milos Forman, the Oscar winning director of "One Flew Over a Cuckoo's Nest" and "Amadeus", has passed away at age 86. Forman died at his home in the United States following a brief illness.

Jan Tomas Forman, born in Caslav, Czechoslovakia, was raised by relatives after his parents' deaths and attended arts school in Prague.

After struggling to find further work in the USA, he was eventually hired by producers Michael Douglas and Saul Zaentz to direct their 1975 adaptation of Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. That wouldn't happen again until The Silence of the Lambs in 1991. In 1998 he won the Czech Lion for his contributions to Czech cinema, and was honored with a Humane Letters doctorate from Columbia University in 2015.

Milos Forman after winning the best director Oscar for holds up his Oscar for his film Amadeus in 1985.

At the time, Forman was in Paris, in negotiations for Taking Off, a USA production about the youth protest movement.

"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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According to a report in CNN, Forman was always fascinated with the world of theatre and he also founded his own amateur theatre group in the 1950s, eventually also studying direction at the Prague Film Academy.

The director, who worked meticulously, spending months with screenwriters and overseeing every aspect of production, didn't release another film until 1979's "Hair".

However, that wasn't the end of it as Forman went on to win his second Oscar for the 1984 Hollywood film "Amadeus", a biopic of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Forman's friends had questioned him about his decision to direct "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", a story they said was "so American" for a foreign director.

He remained connected to his birth country, filming "Amadeus" there.

Forman's next few films would continue to receive critical praise, with "Ragtime", his 1981 adaptation of E. L. Doctorow's historical novel about racism in the early 20th century America receiving eight Oscar Nominations. He left his second wife, singer Vera Kresadlova, behind with the couple's twin sons when he left Czechoslovakia.

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