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

15 April 2018, 12:36 | Ruben Stone

Forman won a Best Director Oscar for"The People v. Larry Flint

Forman won a Best Director Oscar for

Tributes have been paid to Oscar-winning One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest director Milos Forman following his death at the age of 86.

He earned a third nomination for 1996's "The People vs. Larry Flynt", a depiction of the porn magazine publisher's protracted legal fight for First Amendment rights.

Forman, a respected figure in the cinema redefined the world of film with this two films "The Loves of a Blonde" and "The Firemen's Ball" during the peak of the Czechoslovak New Wave in the 1960s.

The winners included Jack Nicholson as lead actor, Louise Fletcher as lead actress, screenwriters Bo Goldman and Lawrence Hauben, Forman as director and the film itself for best picture.

In this file photo taken on March 25, 1985 Czech-born United States film director Milos Forman holds up his Oscar trophy for his film "Amadeus" at the 57th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood.

"That is the only way to open the film to a certain kind of lightness", he said. "Communists love to make films about composers, because composers compose music and don't talk subversive things".

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Forman was born in the Czech town of Caslav in 1932; after the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia, his mother died in concentration camps.

Jan Hrebejk, a leading Czech film director and a friend and former classmate of Forman's wife Martina, told Reuters news agency the director was a gifted storyteller and a great person.

In August 1968 Czechslovakia was invaded by Warsaw Pact forces aiming to suppress Alexander Dubcek's liberalising reforms; Forman opted to stay in the U.S., were he was joined by fellow director Ivan Passer.

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 is survived by his four children. With lavish costumes, Mozart's ravishing music and exceptional performances from actors Tom Hulce as Mozart and F. Murray Abraham as Salieri, Forman scored another artistic triumph.

Forman made his English-language debut with 1971's "Taking Off", and from there directed such films as "Hair", "Ragtime", and "Man on the Moon". Their twin sons Andrew and James were named after Kaufman and Jim Carrey, who portrayed the madcap comic in Man on the Moon.



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