Monday, 21 May, 2018

Cuckoo's Nest Director Milos Forman Dead at 86

Milos Forman, 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' director, passes away at 86 Milos Forman Dies At 86: Celebrities, Fans React To 'Amadeus' Director's Death
Nicole Thomas | 14 April, 2018, 20:49

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

- 1977: Naturalized as a USA citizen.

Forman rebounded four years later with the iconic "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", which won five Academy Awards, including one for himself as director.

Forman also directed Amadeus, the operatic biopic of the life and times of Mozart and his rivalry with the jilted court composer Salieri, played by F. Murray Abraham.

The Czech government, realizing the money to be made by letting Amadeus be filmed in Prague, allowed Forman to come home, and the public hailed his return.

Facing a lot of trouble and possibly a prison term, Forman finally persuaded French producer Claude Berri to buy the rights to the film.

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His father, who had been a member of the resistance, died in the Nazi concentration camp at Buchenwald.

Forman passed away on Friday in the United States, where he lived, after a short illness, his wife, Martina, told Czech news agency CTK on Saturday.

"There was an enormous affection for us doing the film", he remarked in 2002. "The Communist Party was my Nurse Ratched, telling me what I could and could not do; what I was or was not allowed to say; where I was and was not allowed to go; even who I was and was not", he told the Directors Guild of America.

He remained connected to his birth country, filming "Amadeus" there. His next film Man on the Moon, about eccentric comedian Andy Kaufman and starring Jim Carrey, was not a commercial success but has received considerable attention after the recent documentary Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond, which revealed Carrey's unusual performance methods. "He was a master filmmaker - no one better at capturing small unrepeatable moments of human behaviour".

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. He left his second wife, singer Vera Kresadlova, behind with the couple's twin sons when he left Czechoslovakia.

That marriage ended in 1999, and Forman married Zborilova. They have twin boys.

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