Tributes paid to One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest film-maker Milos Forman

Tributes paid to One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest film-maker Milos Forman

Tributes paid to One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest film-maker Milos Forman

Milos Forman, Oscar-Winning director of "One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest", has died.

Forman's other films include Hair (1979), Ragtime (1981), Valmont (1989) and The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996), which handed him another best director Oscar nomination, as well as Man On The Moon (1999) and Goya's Ghosts (2006).

"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", adapted from Ken Kesey's 1962 novel, dealt with life inside an OR mental institution.

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He made his name as a leading figure in Czech new wave cinema in the 1960s, but moved to the USA when Russian troops invaded in 1968. The film starring Jack Nicholson struck a chord with the audience and went on to become the first film since 1934 to win the top five Oscar honors - best picture, director, actress, actor and screenplay (adapted).

"Milos loved life. I will miss his laughter".

"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", in which a psychiatric institution becomes a microcosm of the contemporary world, and "Amadeus", the life of 18th-century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart through the eyes of his rival Antonio Salieri, earned 13 Oscars between them, including those for best director to Forman.

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Writer and producer Larry Karaszewski, who made Man On The Moon and The People vs Larry Flynt with Forman, wrote: "Milos Forman was our friend and our teacher". The film won eight Academy Awards, including best picture and best director.

When Forman was honoured with a lifetime achievement award from the Directors' Guild of America in 2012, the guild's president Taylor Hackford said he "finds the universality of the human experience in every story".

He's survived by spouse Martina, their twin sons Andrew and James, and two youngsters from a earlier marriage.

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He died on Friday in the U.S. after a short illness, according to his wife Martina. "He passed away quietly, surrounded by his family and his closest people", she said.

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