Director Forman dies at 86

Joann Johnston
April 14, 2018

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

The CTK news agency quoted his wife Martina as saying Forman, who lived in the United States, died suddenly on Friday after a short illness.

Forman's agent confirmed his death, multiple outlets reported, including CNN.

Czech director Milos Forman talks after being presented with the "Giraldillo" award for his life-long career achievements at Sevilla Festival Film in Seville, Spain November 6, 2004.

Forman lost both his parents in Nazi concentration camps.

Forman smiles as he addresses a news conference at the 50th Berlin Film Festival Germany

The Hollywood Reporter describes Forman as an "anti-authoritarian" director, noting that his 1967 film The Fireman's Ball got him into trouble with communist leaders in his then home of Czechoslovakia.

He moved to the United States in the late '60s to make his first American film, the 1971 commercial failure "Taking Off".

His best-known movies include One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus, rock musical Hair, Ragtime, Academy Award-nominated biopic The People vs Larry Flint, Man on the Moon, Valmont and Goya's Ghosts.

In 1983, he made his second Oscar-winning film Amadeus, starring Tom Hulce as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The film starring Jack Nicholson struck a chord with the audience and went on to become the first film since 1934 to win the top five Oscar honors - best picture, director, actress, actor and screenplay (adapted).

Forman would continue making films throughout the 1990s and the 2000s. At the time, Forman was in Paris, in negotiations for Taking Off, a USA production about the youth protest movement.

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