Milos Forman, Oscar-winning exiled director

Irene MckinneyApr 15, 2018

Celebrated director, Milos Forman the anti-authoritarian director who left his native Czechoslovakia for creative freedom in the USA and captured Oscars for the masterpieces One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeus, has died. Forman's manager Dennis Aspland also confirmed the same. The People vs Larry Flynt (1996) depicts the life of Larry Flynt, the maverick publisher of the magazine Hustler, while Man on the Moon (1999) portrays comic Andy Kaufman and his alter-ego Tony Clifton with Jim Carrey in the lead as Kaufman. He released his first feature film, Black Peter, in 1964.

This adaptation of Ken Kesey's classic novel brought Forman his first Oscar for best director in his sad yet bitterly amusing portrait of a sane prisoner transferred to a mental institution who meets a matron more twisted than any madness. The film was a huge success, earning nine Oscar nominations and winning five - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor and Best Actress. His first film in the country, Taking Off, won the Grand Prix at the Cannes film festival in 1971, and two of his later films, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975) and Amadeus (1984) both won several Academy awards, including the awards for Best Picture and Best Director.

"That is the only way to open the film to a certain kind of lightness", he said.

He was part of what became known as the "Czechoslovak new wave" of cinema in the 1960s, before Soviets invaded to crush the brief period of liberalization known as the Prague Spring in 1968.

After graduating from film school in Prague in the mid-1950s, Forman began his career writing and assisting on other filmmakers' projects.

It would take some time for Forman to find his footing in Hollywood.

At the time, Forman was in Paris, in negotiations for Taking Off, a US production about the youth protest movement. With disdain for the communist bureaucracy that was now in power in his homeland, he made a decision to emigrate to NY.

The director would follow up his Oscar win four years later with an adaptation of the Broadway musical Hair in 1979, followed by an adaptation of Ragtime in 1981.

Married three times, Forman met his third wife Martina - a writer three decades his junior - in Prague in the 1990s.

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