Director Milos Forman, best known known for his work on Oscar-winning films One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeus, has died at the age of 86, his wife Martina has told the Czech news agency CTK.
Born in the Czech town of Caslav in 1932, Forman moved to the USA after the communist government's crackdown on the 1968 uprising known as the Prague Spring. He was orphaned after his parents were taken to concentration camps.
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He moved to the United States in the late '60s to make his first American film, the 1971 commercial failure "Taking Off". After his graduation, he directed short documentaries - Audition, Black Peter and The Loves of a Blonde. He achieved global acclaim with the 1975 Cuckoo's Nest, starring Jack Nicholson and set inside a mental institution. 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 won two academy awards for Best Director, the first for his 1975 adaptation of Ken Kesey's novel "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", and his second in 1984 for directing the hit Mozart biopic "Amadeus". The movie tells the life of 18th-century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart through the eyes of his rival Antonio Salieri and delivered Forman his second Oscar. About a decade later, Forman again scored Academy Award success with Amadeus.
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Forman's other films include "Hair" (1979), "Ragtime" (1981), "Valmont" (1989) and "The People vs. Larry Flynt" (1996), which handed him another best director Oscar nomination, as well as "Man on the Moon" (1999) and "Goya's Ghosts" (2006). At the time, Forman was in Paris, in negotiations for Taking Off, a USA production about the youth protest movement.
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