One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest director Milos Forman dead

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest director Milos Forman dead

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest director Milos Forman dead

Oscar-winning filmmaker Milos Forman has passed away aged 86, his agent Dennis Aspland has revealed.

Forman passed away on Friday in the USA after a short illness, his wife, Martina, told Czech news agency CTK.

However, Forman re-emerged with The People Vs Larry Flynt, a biopic of the pornography publisher that Forman framed as another anti-authority fable.

In the 1960s, he joined the New Wave of filmmakers standing up to the Communist regime in what was then Czechoslovakia, making himself famous with "Black Peter", "Loves of a Blonde" and "The Firemen's Ball".

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, the 1975 film starring Jack Nicholson, and Amadeus both triumphed at the Oscars.

"In his films you can see the author", he said.

Reports stated Forman made the film even after his friends continuously advised him against it saying the story was too American for a foreign director.

Gilles Jacob, former director of the Cannes Film Festival, said Forman had loved "beer, tennis, Cannes".

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Forman was born in Caslav, Czech Republic, in February 1932.

His parents had died in a Nazi concentration camp when he was nine.

"When we started to make our films, they were really Czech films about Czech society and Czech little people - and who cares about Czech little people?" After the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, Forman emigrated to the United States, where he built a brilliant career in the movies.

In another adaptation, this time from an E. L. Doctorow novel and nominated for eight Oscars, Forman explored the roots of racism in the U.S. via an epic 1900s fresco set in and around NY following a black jazz pianist's experience of deep injustice and his radical rebellion, with fatal consequences. His other notable films include "Hair", "Ragtime" and "Man on the Moon".

He married Martina Zborilova, his third wife, in 1999.

Forman directed almost two dozen films in his career, but he enjoyed his greatest critical and commercial success during the '70s and '80s. With lavish costumes, Mozart's ravishing music and exceptional performances from actors Tom Hulce as Mozart and F. Murray Abraham as Salieri, Forman scored another artistic triumph.

Man on the Moon, based on the life of cult hero Andy Kaufman, did win its star, Jim Carrey, a Golden Globe.

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