Oscar winning Czech director Milos Forman dies aged 86

Milos Forman Dies At 86: Celebrities, Fans React To 'Amadeus' Director's Death

Milos Forman Dies At 86: Celebrities, Fans React To 'Amadeus' Director's Death

Oscar-winning Czech-born film director Milos Forman, celebrated for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeus, has died aged 86, his agents told AFP on Saturday.

The Hollywood Reporter describes Forman as an "anti-authoritarian" director, noting that his 1967 film The Fireman's Ball got him into trouble with communist leaders in his then home of Czechoslovakia.

- 1968: Flees Czechoslovakia just before a Soviet crackdown on the Prague Spring uprising.

When Soviet tanks rumbled into Prague in August 1968, Forman was in Paris for negotiations on his first American production and was sacked by his Czech studio, leading him to emigrate. In a 2002 interview, Forman talked about accepting an invitation to take in a play in London, not knowing it was the first public preview of the Peter Shaffer play Amadeus.

"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" is one of only three films to win what are considered the five most important Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor, and Best Screenplay (adapted, in this case); the other two are "It Happened One Night" and "The Silence of the Lambs".

The Czech-born film-maker became a key figure of the Czech new wave and was best known for the 1975 film starring Jack Nicholson, and Amadeus, the 1984 film about Mozart.

The director, who worked meticulously, spending months with screenwriters and overseeing every aspect of production, didn't release another film until 1979's "Hair". He joined the DGA in 1970, shortly after coming to the United States of America from Czechoslovakia, where the communist regime was cracking down on artists. Its Oscars included best picture and best director.

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.

- 1977: Naturalized as a U.S. citizen.

"There was an enormous affection for us doing the film", he remarked in 2002. It garnered Oscar nominations for the actor and Forman's direction.

Forman (c.) directed Danny DeVito (l.) and Jim Carrey (r.) in the Andy Kaufman biopic "Man on the Moon". "He was a master filmmaker - no one better at capturing small unrepeatable moments of human behavior".

Forman was married to actresses Jana Brejchova and Vera Kresadlova, having twin boys with the latter. The two had another set of twins, who the director named after Andrew Kaufman and Jim Carrey.

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