Milos Forman

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Forman, Miloš,

1932–2018, Czech-American filmmaker, b. Čáslav, Czechoslovakia (now in the Czech Republic), asJan Tomáš Forman. He attended film school in Prague and worked as a screenwriter and director, becoming a key figure in the Czech New Wave, directing such films as Black Peter (1964), The Loves of a Blonde (1965), and The Firemen's Ball (1967), which satirized socialist bureaucracy and was banned after the Soviet invasion (1968). Forman left (1968) Czechoslovakia for the United States, becoming a citizen in 1975. His first American film, Taking Off (1971), a youth comedy, won critical praise but was a box-office disappointment. With One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975, Academy Awards best picture and director), an adaptation of Ken KeseyKesey, Ken Elton,
1935–2001, American novelist and counterculture figure, b. La Junta, Colo.; grad. Univ. of Oregon (1957), Stanford Univ. (1960). While a student he volunteered for a hospital study of mind-altering drugs, substances that were to shape much of his life and
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's novel, Forman became a directorial sensation. Adaptations of the Broadway musical Hair (1979) and E. L. DoctorowDoctorow, E. L.
(Edgar Lawrence Doctorow) , 1931–2015, American novelist, b. New York City. The author of a dozen novels, Doctorow is known for his skillful blending of fiction and fact into reconstructions of eras in American history.
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's novel Ragtime (1981) did not fare as well, but that of Peter Shaffer's play Amadeus (1984), about the MozartMozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
, 1756–91, Austrian composer, b. Salzburg. Mozart represents one of the great peaks in the history of music. His works, written in almost every conceivable genre, combine luminous beauty of sound with classical grace and technical perfection.
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, 1750–1825, Italian composer and conductor. He received his first training in Italy, going afterward (1766) to Vienna, where he remained as conductor of the opera and later (1788–1824) as court conductor.
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 rivalry, also won best picture and best director awards. Valmont (1989), loosely adapted from LaclosLaclos, Pierre Ambroise François Choderlos de
, 1741–1803, French novelist and general, known as Choderlos de Laclos. He is best known for Les Liaisons dangereuses (1782; tr.
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's Les Liaisons dangereuses, was not as well received as 1988's Dangerous Liaisons, based on the same material. The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996), about the adult magazine publisher, and Man on the Moon (1999), about comic Andy Kaufman, were moderately successful. Goya's Ghosts (2007) portrayed the conflict between art and commercial success in the artist's life. Forman was also a professor of film studies at Columbia from 1978 (emeritus from 1996).


See his autobiography (1994).

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Writer-director Milos Forman and co-writer Jean-Claude Carriere deliver a dry history lesson that looks stunning but never touches our heart.
A SPANISH, American, Swedish and British cast, and a Czech director in Milos Forman, make this a truly international production.
Impressively directed by Milos Forman and bolstered by strong performances and beautiful cinematography.
DESPITE directing few movies, Milos Forman has one of the best Hollywood track records of any European film director.
From 1964 until August 21,1968, Bohemia rediscovered bohemia, producing arguably the most dynamic artistic flowering communism ever tolerated, highlighted by Milos Forman and the Czech New Wave of cinema, novelist Bohumil Hrabal's Slavic take on magical realism, and the madcap theatrical rock band The Plastic People of the Universe.
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During her career she has worked with such acclaimed directors as Louis Malle, Milos Forman, Mike Nichols and Robert Altman.
Tharp has also choreographed for films, working with director Milos Forman on Hair (1978), Ragtime (1980) and Amadeus (1984), and with Taylor Hackford on White Nights (1985).
Milos Forman, director of Academy Award-winning One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, said: "It sounds ridiculous but it's not.
It became the Signal Corps Pictorial Center during World War II and helped to launch many careers, including those of Paul Newman, Jack Lemmon and Milos Forman.
Hijo de padres asesinados a manos de los nazis dentro del campo de concentracion de Auschwitz, el realizador judio-bohemio Milos Forman fue acabado de educar por un tio paterno.
Larry Flynt (Estados Unidos, 1996) --que en Mexico prefirio anunciarse como El hombre del escandalo--, del director checo Milos Forman conocido por trabajos como Atrapado sin salida, Hair, Amadeus.