Czech-born filmmaker, Milos Forman, best known for his Academy Award winning classics, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Amadeus,” passed away on Friday at the age of 86. He is survived by his wife Martina. His wife was quoted by a Czech news agency CTK as saying, “His departure was calm and he was surrounded the whole time by his family and his closest friends.” He was reportedly suffering from an undisclosed illness for a short while, which turned fatal for the veteran director.
Born on Feb 18, 1932 in the Czech town of Caslav, Forman lost both parents in Nazi concentration camps. He moved to the United States of America after the Communist crackdown on the “Prague Spring uprising in 1968. However, it took him two years to become a US citizen. “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” is by far his most popular and highly appreciated film till date. The film was based on a story in which a psychiatric institution becomes a microcosm of the contemporary world. His other famous work, ‘Amadeus’, was based on the life of the 18th – century composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart through the eyes of his rival Antonio Salieri. Together, the films received 13 Oscars under various categories. This also included an Oscar for Forman in the Category of Best Director.
His other significant and praiseworthy works include the rock musical titled ‘Hair’ (1979), ‘Ragtime’ (1981), “Valmont” (1989), “Man on the Moon” (1999) and “Goya’s Ghosts” (2006) and “The People vs Larry Flint” (1996), which won him an Academy Award nomination that year.