Monday, 16 July, 2018

Oscar-winning director of 'Cuckoo's Nest' and 'Amadeus' dies at 86

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Freda Brock | 14 April, 2018, 22:12

Oscar-winning filmmaker Milos Forman, known for films like One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus, has died after a brief illness, Reuters reported.

Actor Michael Douglas gave Forman a second chance, hiring him to direct "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest", which Douglas was co-producing.

Other notable films by Forman include Hair in 1979, and The People vs Larry Flint in 1996, which was also nominated for an Academy Award, and Man on The Moon in 1996.

She said: 'His departure was calm and he was surrounded the whole time by his family and his closest friends'.

Forman helmed the adaptation of Ken Kesey's novel "Cuckoo's Nest" and it went on to become a critically acclaimed film in 1975.

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

The filmmaker was born on February 18, 1932 in Caslav, Czechoslovakia. He was 86 years old.

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His father died at Buchenwald while his mother was killed in Auschwitz after both of them were accused of taking part in an anti-Nazi resistance. At the time, Forman was in Paris, in negotiations for Taking Off, a USA production about the youth protest movement. The movie won eight of its 11 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director for Forman and Best Actor for F. Murray Abraham.

The Fireman's Ball was released in 1967 and Forman was then invited to the United States by Paramount Pictures to make a film in America.

When Forman was honoured with a lifetime achievement award from the Directors' Guild of America in 2012, the guild's president Taylor Hackford said he "finds the universality of the human experience in every story".

He remained connected to his birth country, filming "Amadeus" there.

Forman's first wife was actress Jana Brejchova.

Forman (c.) directed Danny DeVito (l.) and Jim Carrey (r.) in the Andy Kaufman biopic "Man on the Moon".

That marriage ended in 1999, and Forman married Zborilova. He left his second wife, singer Vera Kresadlova, behind with the couple's twin sons when he left Czechoslovakia.

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