Oscar-winning director Forman dies at 86

14 April, 2018, 22:12 | Author: Austin Daniel
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He was 86 years old.

Director Edgar Wright and actor Antonio Banderas are among those who have paid tribute to the director on social media following the news of his death. He had a tremendous filmography that documented the rebel heart and human spirit. 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 US after a short illness, according to his wife, Martina, who broke the news to the Czech news agency CTK.

When Soviet tanks rumbled into Prague in August 1968, Forman was in Paris for negotiations on his first American production and was sacked by his Czech studio, leading him to emigrate.

Forman, who was born in the small town of Caslav in 1932, moved to U.S.in the 1960s and became widely known for his humanism, dark humor, and fascination with rebellious characters.

Forman's first USA film "Taking Off" (1971) was also filmed with non-actors but failed to impress a non-European audience. But the follow-up, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, firmly established him in Hollywood.

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Orphaned at nine when his parents died in a Nazi concentration camp, Forman launched his directing career in his native land, then known as Czechoslovakia, earning two Oscar nominations for Best Foreign Film before moving to the US following the Warsaw Pact invasion of Poland in 1968. I lived it. The Communist Party was my Big Nurse.

Forman also directed Amadeus, the operatic biopic of the life and times of Mozart and his rivalry with the jilted court composer Salieri, played by F. Murray Abraham. Forman became the 34th recipient of the DGA's Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Achievement in Motion Picture Direction in 2013.

Three years later while Forman was in bed with a fever, the Gestapo intruded again, this time at the family home. This also included an Oscar for Forman in the Category of Best Director.

First to actress Jana Brejchova (his lead actress in "Loves of a Blonde") and then to Vera Kresadlova. They have twin boys. The Czech-born, US-based director died on Friday in the United States after a short illness, his wife Martina told the agency.

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