Oscar-winning director Milos Forman no more

Carla Harmon
April 14, 2018

But this was only the beginning for the fresh Czech who later moved to the U.S. to direct Academy Award-winning films "Amadeus" and "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest".

Forman returned to top form three years later, however, when he released Amadeus. However, it took him two years to become a United States citizen.

For his contribution to Hollywood cinema, Forman was also awarded the Directors Guild of America's (DGA) Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013 for motion picture direction.

In 1983, Forman shot "Amadeus" with a USA crew in Communist-controlled Prague, earning him his second best director Oscar.


He's survived by spouse Martina, their twin sons Andrew and James, and two youngsters from a earlier marriage.

Valmont, Forman's 1989 adaptation of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, proved something of an anticlimax as another version, directed by Stephen Frears and containing a star-making performance from John Malkovich, had been released the previous year.

"There was an enormous affection for us doing the film", he remarked in 2002. "I was used to seeing the Russian and Czech films about composers, and they were the most boring films", he said.

He remained connected to his birth country, filming "Amadeus" there. He earned his third and last Oscar nomination in 1996 for The People vs. Larry Flynt, a drama about the founder of Hustler magazine. His next film Man on the Moon, about eccentric comedian Andy Kaufman and starring Jim Carrey, was not a commercial success but has received considerable attention after the recent documentary Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond, which revealed Carrey's unusual performance methods.


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. He was a master filmmaker - no one better at capturing small unrepeatable moments of human behavior.

Born on Feb 18, 1932 in the Czech town of Caslav, Forman lost both parents in Nazi concentration camps.

A cigar-puffing cycling enthusiast who always retained a heavy accent, Forman was married to actresses Jana Brejchova and Vera Kresadlova. They have twin boys.


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