Revisit the work of Milos Forman with these five films

15 April, 2018, 00:38 | Author: Julian Swanson
  • Oscar-winning director Milos Forman dies aged 86 after short illness

Tributes have been paid to Oscar-winning One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest director Milos Forman following his death at the age of 86.

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

Forman first attracted global attention with features like "Black Peter", "The Loves of a Blonde" (1965) - an Oscar nominee for best foreign-language film and "The Firemen's Ball".

In 1975, he rose to fame when he directed Hollywood blockbuster "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", an adaptation from a Ken Kesey novel.

The film, which starred Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher, won five Oscars, including best picture and best director and went on to become the second film in history to win the top five Academy Award categories.

- 1985: Earns second best director Oscar for his fictionalized biography of Mozart, "Amadeus".

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

When Forman arrived in Hollywood in the late 1960s, he was lacking in both money and English skills, but carried a portfolio of Czechoslovakian films much admired internationally for their quirky, lighthearted spirit.

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.

Forman was born February 18, 1932, in Caslav, Czechoslovakia.

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

Forman's unique brand of humor and anti-authoritarian viewpoints were truly unleashed in his film, The Firemen's Ball, which was banned from theaters following the Soviet invasion in August 1968.

His next film, A Blonde in Love - inspired by a real-life incident in which Forman came across a young woman who had been duped and abandoned by a lover - established the free-wheeling, semi-documentary style that became his trademark in this period and made Forman a key figure in the burgeoning Czech new wave.

In another adaptation, this time from an E. L. Doctorow novel and nominated for eight Oscars, Forman explored the roots of racism in the United States 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.

At the time, Forman was in Paris, in negotiations for Taking Off, a US production about the youth protest movement.

Jan Hrebejk, a leading Czech film director and a friend and former classmate of Forman's wife Martina, told Reuters news agency the director was a gifted storyteller and a great person. He also wrote and acted in several of his movies. Their twin sons Andrew and James were named after Kaufman and Jim Carrey, who portrayed the madcap comic in Man on the Moon.

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