Milos Forman, the Czech-born director who fled his home country in search of creative freedom in the US and is most recognized for his Oscar-winning masterpieces One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and his screen adaptation of Peter Shaffer's play Amadeus, has died at 86.
Born outside of Prague in 1932, both of Forman's parents died in concentration camps during the war.
"The Fireman's Ball", released in 1967, was a comedic film about a volunteer fire department's plans to host a big party going hilariously wrong, but also a seething criticism of Czechoslovakia's bureaucracy.
He won an Oscar for directing 1975's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", which starred Jack Nicholson as a criminal who ends up in a psychiatric facility after pleading insanity and rebels against an oppressive nurse played by Louise Fletcher. "Amadeus" was not only nominated for a whopping 11 Oscar awards but also ended up winning eight of them, proving to be Forman's most critically acclaimed film of all.
"Very sad to hear that the great director Miloš Forman has passed away", director Edgar Wright wrote. I have seen One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest enough times to be able to silently mouth along with the movie.More news: Bills' Richie Incognito says he's retiring because of health issues
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In 1974, Forman was given a second chance to make an "American" film.
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.
Goya's Ghosts (2006), Forman's last feature film as director, is a biography of Spanish painter Francisco Goya featuring Natalie Portman, Javier Bardem, Stellan Skarsgard and Randy Quaid.
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.
"Milos Forman has left us".