Died the film "one Flew over the cuckoo's nest" Milos Forman

Czech-born film-maker Milos Forman

Oscar-winning director Milos Forman dies at 86: Czech media

Miloš Forman, the Czech American filmmaker who may have been best-known for his Oscar-winning work on Amadeus and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, is dead at 86.

Forman first attracted global attention with features like "Black Peter", "The Loves of a Blonde" (1965) - an Oscar nominee for best foreign-language film and "The Firemen's Ball". His films generally appealed to sophisticated audiences, though he could reach the mainstream with his savvy flourishes. The film starring Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher won five Oscars, including best picture and best director.

- 1985: Earns second best director Oscar for his fictionalized biography of Mozart, "Amadeus".

"In his films you can see the author", he said.

When Forman arrived in Hollywood in the late 1960s, he was lacking in both money and English skills, but carried a portfolio of Czechoslovakian films much admired internationally for their quirky, lighthearted spirit.

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The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996) was an ill-advised attempt to paint the Hustler magazine publisher as a free-speech advocate. And his Man on the Moon (1999) attempted to distill the tormented comic creativity of Andy Kaufman.

Forman was born in Caslav, Czech Republic, in 1932.

He had been fascinated with theater since an early age and later founded an amateur theater group in the 1950s.

Jan Hrebejk, a leading Czech film director and a friend and former classmate of Forman's wife Martina, told Reuters news agency the director was a gifted storyteller and a great person.

"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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Milos Forman poses after being presented with the "Giraldillo" award for his life-long career achievements at Sevilla Festival Film Spain.in 2004.

His humor and anti-establishment sensibility jelled best in his next feature, The Firemen's Ball.

In August 1968 Czechslovakia was invaded by Warsaw Pact forces aiming to suppress Alexander Dubcek's liberalising reforms; Forman opted to stay in the United States, were he was joined by fellow director Ivan Passer. With disdain for the communist bureaucracy that was now in power in his homeland, he chose to emigrate to NY.

He played a minor role in Heartburn (1986), which was directed by another European emigre, Mike Nichols, and reunited him with Nicholson.

Actor Michael Douglas gave Forman a second chance, hiring him to direct One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, which Douglas was co-producing. Coming out soon after Dangerous Liaisons, another film based on the book, Valmont was coolly received by critics.

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