Oscar-winning director Milos Forman dies at 86: Czech media

Oscar-winning director Milos Forman dies at 86: Czech media

The anti-authoritarian director who left Czechoslovakia in order to have the freedom to make films in the USA and captured Oscars for works of art like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeus, Milos Forman has passed away at 86.

Forman, who was born Jan Tomas Forman in Czechoslovakia, died on Friday in the USA after a short illness.

Forman was born in the Czech Republic in 1932.

The Czech-American director died on Friday in the United States after a short illness, his wife, Martina, told CTK.

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Shortly before the 1968 Soviet-led occupation of Czechoslovakia, which put an end to a liberal period known as the Prague Spring, Forman moved to the United States via France. The director is a two-time Oscar victor for the films "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Amadeus". He achieved global acclaim with the 1975 Cuckoo's Nest, starring Jack Nicholson and set inside a mental institution.

He returned to still-Communist Prague in 1983 to film "Amadeus", which earned him a second Oscar and which won eight out of 11 nominations. Starring Jack Nicholson as an insurgent patient, it was a sensation at the Oscars, winning five major categories (picture, director, actor, actress and adapted screenplay). It too was critically acclaimed, winning multiple academy awards.

His other films included Hair (1978), an electric adaptation of the classic counter-culture rock musical; Ragtime (1981), based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow; The People vs. Larry Flynt (1997), about the Hustler publisher's battle for his First Amendment rights; and Man on the Moon (1999), in which Jim Carrey played the eccentric comedian Andy Kaufman. At the time, Forman was in Paris, in negotiations for Taking Off, a US production about the youth protest movement.

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