Celebrated director, Milos Forman the anti-authoritarian director who left his native Czechoslovakia for creative freedom in the US and captured Oscars for the masterpieces One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeus, has died.
Taking Off, an amusing look at generational differences in a changing America, had won praise from critics who compared it favourably to Forman's Czech films.
Forman had more awards success with his 1984 period drama Amadeus, starring Tom Hulce as composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Forman was born in Caslav, Czech Republic, in February 1932. It captured seven Academy Awards, including best picture, best director and best actor (for F. Murray Abraham as Salieri). Both of Forman's parents were killed in Nazi concentration camps.
It was in the year 1968 that he moved to the United States from what was then Czechoslovakia after Warsaw Pact troops invaded the country to pound on the "Prague Spring".
In another adaptation, this time from an E. L. Doctorow novel and nominated for eight Oscars, Forman explored the roots of racism in the U.S. via an epic 1900s fresco set in and around NY following a black jazz pianist's experience of deep injustice and his radical rebellion, with fatal consequences.
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"There was an enormous affection for us doing the film", he remarked in 2002.
He remained connected to his birth country, filming "Amadeus" there.
He earned his third and last Oscar nom for The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996), a drama about the founder of Hustler magazine that was framed around First Amendment issues.
Forman, the anti-authoritarian director who left his native Czechoslovakia for creative freedom in the U.S., was also known for two biopics - "The People vs. Larry Flynt" (1996) and "Man on the Moon" (1999).
"No matter what subject or genre he tackles, Miloš finds the universality of the human experience in every story, allowing us - his rapt audience - to recognize ourselves within the struggle for free expression and self-determination that Miloš so aptly portrays on the silver screen", former DGA President Taylor Hackford had said.
- 1958-62: Married to actress Jana Brejchova. He left his second wife, singer Vera Kresadlova, behind with the couple's twin sons when he left Czechoslovakia.