R.I.P.: Oscar-Winning Filmmaker Milos Forman Passes Away at 86

     April 14, 2018

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It’s with deep regret that we inform you of the passing of Oscar-winning director and influential filmmaker Milos Forman (1932-2018). The Czech director, whose biography tells of his patriotic parents who were killed in Nazi concentration camps during World War II, had long been fascinated with cinema and the theater. College would allow him to pursue this passion and his travel to New York in the 1960s gave him the latitude he needed to make his films without censorship from communist authorities. And in the 1970s, his second opportunity to make an American film resulted in his first Oscar win and one of the most critically acclaimed pictures ever made: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

That might be the most recognizable title in Forman’s filmography, but cinephiles also have appreciation for his lesser known works. Those include such classics as the 1979 comedy musical Hair, eight-time Oscar-winning film Amadeus, ’90s biopics The People vs. Larry Flynt and Man on the Moon, and the underrated 1967 Czech comedy, The Firemen’s Ball. Forman’s filmmaking will be missed, but his influence will live on in generations of artists working today and those yet to come.

Here’s how celebrities, cinephiles, and film journalists reacted to Forman’s death over social media:

 

 

 

 

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Image via Criterion Collection

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