Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Cuckoo's Nest director Milos Foreman dies

Cuckoo's Nest director Milos Foreman dies

Film lovers are mourning director Milos Forman, who won Oscars for One Few Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeus.

"His departure was calm and he was surrounded the whole time by his family and his closest friends", Martina said, adding that he passed away after a short illness.

Forman was born in the Czech town of Caslav on February 18, 1932, but moved to the United States after the Communist crackdown on the "Prague Spring" uprising in 1968. However, it took him two years to become a USA citizen. He eventually studied direction at the Prague Film Academy.

"I explained I wanted to make the film because to me it was not just literature but real life, the life I lived in Czechoslovakia from my birth in 1932 until 1968", Forman told the Directors Guild of America. "So it was satisfying to have people in other countries respond".

Some of his other best-known works include "Hair", "The People vs Larry Flint", "Ragtime", and "Taking Off".

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Milos is survived by wife Martina and four sons - twins Matej and Petr Forman from the second marriage and Andrew and James, named after Andy Kaufman and Jim Carrey, from the third marriage.

In 1975, he rose to fame when he directed Hollywood blockbuster "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", an adaptation from a Ken Kesey novel. Starring Jack Nicholson as an insurgent patient, it was a sensation at the Oscars, winning five major categories (picture, director, actor, actress and adapted screenplay).

He returned to still-Communist Prague in 1983 to film Amadeus, which earned him a second Oscar and which won eight out of 11 nominations.

OSCAR-winning director Milos Forman handed away in his sleep after a brief sickness late final night time, his supervisor has confirmed.

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