Milos Forman passed away today at age 86.
His most prominently regarded film is objectionally “One Who Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” a film that moved me in so many ways.
CNN’s Nicole Chavez and Carma Hassan posted a solid write-up of the filmmakers biography. Born in Czechoslovakia to parents who would parish in concentration camps during World War II, he was fascinated by theater and immigrated to the United States in 1968.
His sudden fame came with the success of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”:
“I explained I wanted to make the film because to me it was not just literature but real life, the life I lived in Czechoslovakia from my birth in 1932 until 1968,” Forman told the Directors Guild of America. “The Communist Party was my Nurse Ratched, telling me what I could and could not do; what I was or was not allowed to say; where I was and was not allowed to go; even who I was and was not.”
His second Oscar would come in 1984 with Amadeus, another film that moved me in more ways than one.
This loss, while not inexplicable at age 86, is a crushing one. Forman pre-dated the age where a film’s exposure needed to align with its financial prospects.
He made quality “human” films that held a mirror to both the ugliness of our humanity and our everlasting thirst of hope in each other.
Rest in peace Milos Forman.