Director Forman dies at 86

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“He passed away quietly, surrounded by his family and his closest people”, she said.

Born on Feb 18, 1932 in the Czech town of Caslav, Forman lost both parents in Nazi concentration camps.

Oscar-winning director Milos Forman, known for works such as “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest“, has died at the age of 86, Czech news agency CTK reported on Saturday.

Forman helmed the adaptation of Ken Kesey’s novel “Cuckoo’s Nest” and it went on to become a critically acclaimed film in 1975.

His manager, Dennis Aspland, confirmed to the Press Association that he had been told by Forman’s wife Martina that the director “passed away late last night”.

Two of his United States films, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and Amadeus, have gained him an Academy Award for Best Director and One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, adapted from Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel, became the first film since 1934 to win all five major Academy Awards.

It triumphed at the Oscars, achieving the rare feat of scooping awards in five major categories – best picture, director, actor, actress and adapted screenplay.

In the 1960s, he joined the New Wave of filmmakers standing up against the Communist regime in former Czechoslovakia, making himself famous with Black Peter, Loves of a Blonde and The Firemen’s Ball. He had a tremendous filmography that documented the rebel heart and human spirit.

The People vs Larry Flynt was inspired by the life story of controversial porn magnate Larry Flynt. “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest“, is by far his most popular and highly appreciated film till date.

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