Celebrated director, Milos Forman the anti-authoritarian director who left his native Czechoslovakia for creative freedom in the USA and captured Oscars for the masterpieces One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeus, has died.
His manager, Dennis Aspland, confirmed Forman's death to hollywoodreporter.com and noted that the filmmaker had a home in Warren, Connecticut. "Not until much later, when I was suddenly far from my homeland and its culture, far away from my family, when I was cut away from the land of my childhood, I realized I shared this strong feeling of affection for my country with them", Forman had said, according to his biography.
With some trepidation, Forman returned to Czechoslovakia to make "Amadeus" because Prague was one of the few European cities that had been little changed since Mozart's time. Several of his early films, including 1964's "Black Peter" and the 1967 satire "The Fireman's Ball", were banned by Czech authorities. But without any big-name stars it quickly tanked at the box office.
In 1989, Forman wrote and directed Valmont, which starred Colin Firth and Annette Bening in an adaptation of the 1782 novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses.
"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".
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In this file photo taken on October 09, 2009 Czech-born United States film director Milos Forman poses in Paris.
Telling the story of a village ball where everything goes wrong, "The Firemen's Ball" was produced by Italian magnate Carlo Ponti, who had been charmed by Forman's talent.
Then in 1984 came "Amadeus", which was based on the successful play by Peter Shaffer, which itself was loosely based on the life of Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Both claiming the award for Best Picture.
Forman recalled the last time he saw his father: when aged seven he was pulled out of class to see Forman senior escorted by two leather-coated members of the Gestapo.
Forman was born in 1932 in what is now the Czech Republic. "The people considered it a victory for me that the authorities had to bow to the almighty dollar and let the traitor back".