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Oscar-winning One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest director Milos Forman has died at the age of 86.

It was in the year 1968 that he moved to the United States from what was then Czechoslovakia after Warsaw Pact troops invaded the country to pound on the "Prague Spring". By 1950, he began studying at the newly established Film Institute at the University of Prague, starting off as an assistant director and scriptwriter.

A year later, his next film,"The Loves of a Blonde", would be his first to receive worldwide acclaim, earning an Oscar Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.

Loves of a Blonde (1965).

Forman was born February 18, 1932, in Caslav, Czechoslovakia.

Forman said the film's central issues of censorship and free expression were influenced by his youth in Eastern Europe, when filmmakers and other artists were limited in what they could say by the communist regime.

But his biggest success was still yet to come; in 1984, Forman released "Amadeus", a historical film adapted from a stage-play of the same name by Peter Shafferabout Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his rivalry with fellow composer Antonio Salieri. The film starring Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher won five Oscars, including best picture and best director.

"Forman had a unique sensitivity to American themes, which he prismed through a sly, satiric sensibility", The Hollywood Reporter wrote.

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975).

Throughout his career, Forman directed 20 different projects, from documentaries to fictional dramas.

"Amadeus" won eight Academy Awards, including for best picture and for Forman as best director.

In 1974, Forman was given a second chance to make an "American" film.

Forman, who had travelled to the USA after Communist film authorities rejected his ideas, was also known for The People vs Larry Flynt (1996) and Man On The Moon (1999). Larry Flynt, Man on the Moon and Goya's Ghosts. He also shot a film version, released internationally in 2009. He served as jury president at the Cannes Film Festival in 1985 and the Venice Film Festival in 2000.

The director's first marriage, to actress Jana Brejchova ended in divorce.

He married Martina Zborilova, his third wife, in 1999.

At the time, Forman was in Paris, in negotiations for Taking Off, a USA production about the youth protest movement. The filmmaker also wrote a biography in 1994 with Jan Novak, titled Turnaround: A Memoir.


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