Saturday, 22 September, 2018

Oscar-winning director Milos Forman dies aged 86 after short illness

Exported Milos Forman Dies At 86: Celebrities, Fans React To 'Amadeus' Director's Death
Rosie Leonard | 14 April, 2018, 22:12

Milos Forman, the celebrated director of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus, Hai and other world-renowned films, passed away, the Radio Prague broadcaster reported on Saturday.

After working in theatre in Prague in the 1950s he moved to America in the late 1960s, and despite initially struggling in his career, he secured his breakthrough when actor Michael Douglas and producer Saul Zaentz offered him a chance to direct a film adaptation of Ken Kesey's novel One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest.

Forman's other notable films include The People vs Larry Flynt (1996) and Man On The Moon starring Jim Carrey as Andy Kaufman (1999). "I heard from (Forman's wife) Martina Forman very early this morning letting me know Milos passed away at Danbury Hospital near his home in Warren, Connecticut", his friend and agent Dennis Aspland said.

Forman travelled to the United States after Communist film authorities rejected his ideas. He became a naturalized American citizen nine years later.

Jan Tomas Forman, born in Caslav, Czechoslovakia, was raised by relatives after his parents' deaths and attended arts school in Prague.

In this file photo taken on October 09, 2009 Czech-born USA film director Milos Forman poses in Paris.

His father was a member of a resistance group against the Nazi occupation.

In a 2004 interview with the LA Times, Forman said, "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?" The smash movie won eight Oscars out of 11 nominations.

Valmont, Forman's 1989 adaptation of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, proved something of an anticlimax as another version, directed by Stephen Frears and containing a star-making performance from John Malkovich, had been released the previous year.

First to actress Jana Brejchova (his lead actress in "Loves of a Blonde") and then to Vera Kresadlova. They were named after comedian Andy Kaufman and Jim Carrey, who played the part of Kaufman in "Man on the Moon".

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