Publicado: Sol, Abril 15, 2018
Espectáculos | Por Manuelo Venegas

Milos Forman, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest director, dies aged 86

Milos Forman, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest director, dies aged 86

Hollywood stars have paid tribute to the Oscar-winning One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest director Milos Forman after he died at the age of 86. The CTK news agency quoted his wife Martina as saying Forman, who lived in the United States, died suddenly on Friday after a short illness.

Forman died about 2 a.m. Saturday at Danbury Hospital, near his home in Warren, Connecticut, according to a statement released by the former director's agent, Dennis Aspland.

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. I have seen One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest enough times to be able to silently mouth along with the movie. RIP. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was the first film since 1934's It Happened One Night to win all five of the major Academy Awards, which also include Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay.

Forman was born in the Czech Republic in 1932, and emigrated to the US after the Prague Spring uprising in 1968.

"The Fireman's Ball", released in 1967, was a comedic film about a volunteer fire department's plans to host a big party going hilariously wrong, but also a seething criticism of Czechoslovakia's bureaucracy. "When we started to make our films, they were really Czech films about Czech society and Czech little people - and who cares about Czech little people?"

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One of his last films was Goya's Ghosts in 2006, which was "an intricate examination of persecution in Spain in the era of religious persecution and Napoleonic conquest", as the Times described it. "So it was satisfying to have people in other countries respond". His homeland was now under the brute boot of the Soviet Union's thuggish communist bureaucracy, so he chose to emigrate to NY.

He also directed the successful film version of the musical "Hair" in 1979, and "Ragtime" in 1981, before winning another Oscar for the sweeping 1984 biopic of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, "Amadeus".

He is survived by his third wife Martina Zborilova and his four sons.

He continued making films in Czechoslovakia before moving to the USA, with his first English-language feature being the comedy "Taking Off" in 1971.

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