One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest director Milos Forman dies aged 86

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest director Milos Forman dies aged 86

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest director Milos Forman dies aged 86

A two-time victor of the Academy Award for Best Director, the "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Amadeus" helmer also won three Golden Globes, the Cannes Film Festival's Grand Prize of the Jury (for "Taking Off"), the Golden Bear at Berlin ("The People vs. Larry Flynt"), a BAFTA award, and numerous other accolades.

It would take some time for Forman to find his footing in Hollywood.

Forman first stormed onto the global scene in 1964 with his film Black Peter, followed by The Loves of a Blonde in 1965 (which was nominated for an Oscar for best foreign-language film) and The Firemen's Ball in 1967. Later, he moved to the United States. He also shot a film version, released internationally in 2009.

His first American movie, Taking Off, picked up the 1971 Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival, and his 1976 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, starring Jack Nicholson, won five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay, while Forman scooped the Best Director honour.

Forman was born in 1932 in Caslav near Prague and raised by his extended family after his parents died in Nazi concentration camps.

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

His humor and anti-establishment sensibility jelled best in his next feature, The Firemen's Ball.

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Seeing his country come under the control of an oppressive regime, Forman, who was already in the US producing his next project "Taking Off", made a decision to immigrate to the states for good.

Milos Forman's eclectic filmography showcases Oscar-winning classics and an impressive range of interests, from historical figures to controversial themes, and always with a penchant for rebellious characters.

Forman went on to win more awards as a director with the 1984 film Amadeus, which told some of the story of famed composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

A decade later, he directed the eight-fold Oscar victor "Amadeus", which depicted the life of 18th-century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart through the eyes of his rival Antonio Salieri. His other notable films include "Hair", "Ragtime" and "Man on the Moon".

Forman was married first to Jana Brejchova (his lead actress in Loves of a Blonde) and then to Vera Kresadlova, with whom the director had twin sons Peter and Matej.

Forman is survived by his wife, Martina Zborilova-Forman, and four children.

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