'Amadeus' director Milos Forman dies at 86

Milos Forman Two-Time Oscar Winning Directo Dead At 86

Forman died at his home in the United States following a brief illness.

Born in Czechoslovakia, Milos, real name Jan Tomas Forman, graduated from the Prague Film Faculty of the Academy of Dramatic Arts, and won acclaim with films like Black Peter and Oscar-nominated The Loves of a Blonde and The Fireman's Ball, before fleeing Europe in 1968 to become an American citizen. He had been in Paris when the communists crushed the Prague Spring movement in 1968, and he hadn't bothered to return home, becoming a US citizen in 1975.

In the U.S., Forman rose to fame after he directed Hollywood classic "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", a film adaption of a Ken Kesey novel.

The 1975 film, which starred Jack Nicholson as a rebellious ringleader inside the institution, was a commercial and artistic breakthrough for Forman and swept the top honors at the Academy Awards, winning for best picture, best director, best actor and best actress (Louise Fletcher as the stone-hearted Nurse Ratched).

He won a second Oscar for the 1984 extravaganza "Amadeus", a biopic of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, which won a clutch of Academy awards.

He earned a third nomination for 1996's "The People vs. Larry Flynt", a depiction of the porn magazine publisher's protracted legal fight for First Amendment rights.

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With some trepidation, Forman returned to Czechoslovakia to make "Amadeus" because Prague was one of the few European cities that had been little changed since Mozart's time.

"I was used to seeing the Russian and Czech films about composers, and they were the most boring films", he said. "Not until much later, when I was suddenly far from my homeland and its culture, far away from my family, when I was cut away from the land of my childhood, I realized I shared this strong feeling of affection for my country with them", Forman had said, according to his biography.

Writer and producer Larry Karaszewski, who made Man On The Moon and The People vs Larry Flynt with Forman, wrote: "Milos Forman was our friend and our teacher".

In this file photo taken on October 09, 2009 Czech-born U.S. film director Milos Forman poses in Paris.

Forman was born in 1932 in what is now the Czech Republic. Both of his parents died in Nazi concentrations camps during the Holocaust in World War II. He married Martina Zborilova in 1999. Their twin sons Andrew and James were named after Kaufman and Jim Carrey, who portrayed the madcap comic in Man on the Moon.

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