April 26, 2018

Oscar-winning director Forman dies at 86

14 April 2018, 08:46 | Israel Caldwell

Forman directed Danny De Vito and Jim Carrey in the Andy Kaufman biopic"Man on the Moon


Forman, born in Caslav, Czechoslovakia, told EW in 1999 about the first film he saw that truly spoke to him - a silent version of a Czech opera.

His films, such as as 1964's "Black Peter" and the 1967 communist satire "The Fireman's Ball", were banned for a time in the former Czechoslovakia. This also included an Oscar for Forman in the Category of Best Director.

As a director, Forman brought out terrific performances from several of the greatest actors like Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher and F. Murray Abraham, all who landed an Academy Award win for Best Acting.

One of Hollywood's most revered and respected directors, Milos Forman has passed away at age 86.

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

Facing a lot of trouble and possibly a prison term, Forman finally persuaded French producer Claude Berri to buy the rights to the film. At the time, Forman was in Paris, in negotiations for Taking Off, a USA production about the youth protest movement.

He moved to the United States after the Communist crackdown on the "Prague Spring" uprising in 1968 and became a USA citizen in the 1970s. "The people considered it a victory for me that the authorities had to bow to the almighty dollar and let the traitor back". In this photo, Forman addresses the audience before the screening for his film "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest", during the Bryant Park Summer Film Festival 2011 at Bryant Park, New York City, June 20, 2011.

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His other notable films include "Hair" (1979), "Ragtime" (1981) and "Valmont" (1989). The film picked up eight Oscars, including Forman's second for Best Director and another Best Picture.

He remained connected to his birth country, filming "Amadeus" there.

Forman (c.) directed Danny DeVito (l.) and Jim Carrey (r.) in the Andy Kaufman biopic "Man on the Moon".

Larry Karaszewski, who co-wrote Man on the Moon and The People vs Larry Flynt with Scott Alexander, called Forman "our friend and our teacher" on Twitter.

The director's first marriage, to actress Jana Brejchova ended in divorce.

He was father to two sets of twin boys, with his second and third wives.

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