RIP: Oscar-Winning Filmmaker Milos Forman Passes Away at 86

15 Abril, 2018, 04:56 | Author: Gregg Anderson
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Michael Douglas has led tributes to Milos Forman, the Oscar-winning director of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, following his death at the age of 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.

"He passed away quietly, surrounded by his family and his closest people", she said.

He was born Jan Tomas Forman on February 18, 1932, the youngest of three brothers, in Caslav, a town outside of Prague.

Forman, best known for One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeus, was one of few foreign film-makers to reach the top in Hollywood. The film would go on to win both an Oscar for Best Picture, and one for Best Director for Milos Forman as well, not to mention winning three other Oscars and being nominated for four more. That wouldn't happen again until The Silence of the Lambs in 1991. Among them were "Black Peter", "Loves of a Blonde" and "The Fireman's Ball". 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. 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.

"I had the honour of working with Milos on One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest and cherish what he taught me".

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After directing Hair (1979) and Ragtime (1981), Forman helmed the period drama Amadeus, a fictionalised biography of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Seeing his country come under the control of an oppressive regime, Forman, who was already in the US producing his next project "Taking Off", made a decision to immigrate to the states for good. His final work as director was 2006's "Goya's Ghosts". He also shot a film version, released internationally in 2009.

Milos Forman poses after being presented with the "Giraldillo" award for his life-long career achievements at Sevilla Festival Film Spain.in 2004.

In 1999, he married screenwriter Martina Zborilova with whom he also had twin sons, Andrew and James.

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