Milos Forman, Oscar-winning exiled director

Sheila Mcguire
April 14, 2018

Miloš Forman, the Czech American filmmaker who may have been best-known for his Oscar-winning work on Amadeus and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, is dead at 86.

His career overseas started with Taking Off in 1971, followed by One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest four years later, which brought Forman his first Oscar for the best director.

Other notable movies in Forman's filmography include his 1979 adaption of Hair, The People vs. Larry Flynt and the adaptation of Andy Kaufman's biopic, Man on the Moon. She said in a brief statement that "his departure was calm, and he was surrounded the whole time by his family and his closest friends". "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", is by far his most popular and highly appreciated film till date. His debut as director, Black Peter, about a teenager in his first job, incurred the dislike of the Communist authorities for its irreverent attitude, but after its prizewinning appearance at the Locarno film festival enabled Forman to continue directing.

In 1968 Milos fled Europe and settled down in the United States where he became an American citizen.

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Forman was born in the Czech town of Caslav on February 18, 1932.

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

- 1940: His parents, members of the resistance against the Nazis, are deported to the Buchenwald and Auschwitz concentration camps where they die.

Forman's first USA film "Taking Off" (1971) was also filmed with non-actors but failed to impress a non-European audience.

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Just two years later, Forman made "The Firemen's Ball", a satirical look at the country's communist regime.

Amadeus (1984), starring Tom Hulce as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, raked in 11 Oscar nominations and eight wins, including those for best picture and director. It was nominated for, and won, multiple Oscars, including Best Picture.

Forman's first wife was actress Jana Brejchova.

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

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