Miloš Forman, director of 'Amadeus' and 'Cuckoo's Nest,' is dead at 86

Oscar-winning director Milos Forman dies aged 86 after short illness

Known for his politically acute and satire-laden filmmaking, Forman's best-known movies include One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) and Amadeus (1984), both of which won him the Academy Award for Best Director.

Milos Forman born in Czechoslovakia, his father was killed in the camp of Buchenwald, and his mother died in Auschwitz. 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". The film won Oscars in the five most celebrated categories: Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Forman, also known for two biopics about controversial Americans - The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996) and Man on the Moon (1999) - died Friday in the USA after a short illness, according to his wife, Martina, who broke the news to the Czech news agency CTK.

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". "A filmmaker, artist, and champion of artists' rights".

Forman first stormed onto the worldwide scene in 1964 with his film Black Peter, followed by The Loves of a Blonde in 1965 (which was nominated for an Oscar for best foreign-language film) and The Firemen's Ball in 1967.

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It's with deep regret that we inform you of the passing of Oscar-winning director and influential filmmaker Milos Forman (1932-2018). I have seen One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest enough times to be able to silently mouth along with the movie.

After his first USA film, 1971's "Taking Off", flopped, Forman didn't get a chance to direct a major feature again for years.

Before emigrating, Forman studied at the Prague Film Academy (FAMU) and was a leading figure of the Czechoslovak New Wave film movement, along with directors Ivan Passer, Vera Chytilova and others.

"I was used to seeing the Russian and Czech films about composers, and they were the most boring films", he said. It is only one of three films to have accomplished this feat.

Man On The Moon was about the life and career of comedian Andy Kaufman. They also had twin sons.

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