Milos Forman Two-Time Oscar Winning Directo Dead At 86

Kelvin Reese
April 15, 2018

Milos Forman, Oscar-Winning director of "One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest", has died.

Forman was born in Caslav, Czech Republic, in 1932. His father was a member of a resistance group against the Nazi occupation. The Czech director, whose biography tells of his patriotic parents who were killed in Nazi concentration camps during World War II, had always been fascinated with cinema and the theater.

"My parents were real patriots, and that was probably the reason why they died".

Fans and collaborators remembered him as a visionary cinematographer.

According to a report in CNN, Forman was always fascinated with the world of theatre and he also founded his own amateur theatre group in the 1950s, eventually also studying direction at the Prague Film Academy.

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American writer-producer Larry Karaszewski, who made two films (including "Larry Flynt") with Forman, said the filmmaker was "our friend and our teacher".

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.

In 1974, Forman was given a second chance to make an "American" film. His next film wouldn't be as warmly received; at least, not in his own country. Although the title suggested a biopic about Mozart, the heart of Forman's Oscar-winning film, which scooped 8 of the 11 awards it was nominated for, was Antonio Salieri, and his seething jealousy for the genius composer.

Forman's next few films would continue to receive critical praise, with "Ragtime", his 1981 adaptation of E. L. Doctorow's historical novel about racism in the early 20th century America receiving eight Oscar Nominations. Genius of cinematography and master in the portrayal of the human condition.

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