Milos Forman

Milos Forman

  • Highest Rated: 100% Taking Off (1971)
  • Lowest Rated: 6% Nomad (2007)
  • Birthday: Feb 18, 1932
  • Birthplace: Cáslav, Czechoslovakia
  • Czechoslovakian director Milos Forman lost his Jewish father and Protestant mother to Hitler's concentration camps. Raised by family members, Forman studied at the Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in Prague, serving his professional apprenticeship as a writer of the pioneering Laterna Magika mixed-media presentations of the 1950s. Already an award-winning filmmaker thanks to a brace of short subjects, Forman directed his first feature, Black Peter, in 1963. Loves of a Blonde (1965) and Firemen's Ball (1967), two sweet-tempered films with a distinctively Czech sense of humor, brought Forman to the attention of American critics. With the increasing artistic freedom prevalent in his country, Forman intended to spend the rest of his career in Prague, but when Russian troops marched into Czechoslovakia in 1968, the director shifted his base of operations to France. From there, he went to Hollywood for his first English-language film, Taking Off (1971), a modest comedy about changing family values of the 1970s that featured such stars-to-be as Georgia Engel and Carly Simon. The film proved to be a success, winning a number of awards, including a Special Jury Prize at Cannes.Following this triumph, Forman directed the decathlon sequences of the multi-national Olympic documentary Visions of Eight (1973), then moved on to what many consider his masterpiece, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975). A celebration of the individual spirit staged in the depressing confines of a mental institution, Cuckoo's Nest became the first American film since It Happened One Night (1934) to win Oscars in all five major categories, including Best Director for Forman. Following that was Hair (1979), the overdue film version of the 1967 Broadway rock musical; it could have been anachronistic in lesser hands, but, under Forman's guidance, became a delectable time capsule of what the '60s seemed to represent to those who lived through it. Forman then directed Ragtime, a generally well-received 1981 adaptation of E.L. Doctorow's novel that provided a compelling look at the various cultural and social forces at work in early 20th century America.Three years later, Forman returned to Prague for the first time since his 1968 exile, filming location shots for Amadeus, a liberal retelling of the life of Mozart (as seen through the eyes of Antonio Salieri). Amadeus won another Oscar for Forman, not to mention Best Picture. Following the film's great success, Forman served as director of Columbia University's film division; he also acted in other directors' films and directed Valmont (1989), the least-famous variation of Les Liaisons Dangereuses. In 1996, Forman returned to directing with his acclaimed biography of Hustler magazine founder Larry Flynt in The People vs. Larry Flynt, scoring both a Best Director Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe win in the same category. Three years later, he tackled the life of another controversial American figure in Man on the Moon, his biopic of legendary comic Andy Kaufman, starred Jim Carrey as the mercurial Kaufman. He had a seven-year break before his next project, the biopic Goya's Ghosts, for which he assembled a cast that included Javier Bardem, Stellan Skarsgard and Natalie Portman.


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67% A Short History Of Decay Producer Executive Producer 2014
56% Beloved Jaromil $0.2M 2012
No Score Yet Carrière, 250 metros Actor 2012
No Score Yet La pince à ongles Screenwriter 2011
No Score Yet Milos Forman: Co te nezabije... (Milos Forman: What doesn't kill you...) Actor 2011
71% Chelsea on the Rocks Actor 2009
No Score Yet A Walk Worthwhile Director 2009
No Score Yet Hair: Let the Sunshine In Actor 2007
30% Goya's Ghosts Screenwriter Director $0.8M 2007
60% Fog City Mavericks Actor 2007
6% Nomad Executive Producer 2007
No Score Yet Amarillo Slim Director 2006
No Score Yet Before the Nickelodeon: The Early Cinema of Edwin S. Porter Actor 2006
88% Tell Them Who You Are Actor 2005
95% Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin Actor 2004
77% A Decade Under the Influence Actor 2003
69% Keeping the Faith Father Havel 2000
63% Man on the Moon Director 1999
89% The People Vs. Larry Flynt Director 1996
86% Who Is Henry Jaglom? Actor 1995
No Score Yet Why Havel? Narrator 1991
55% Valmont Director 1989
No Score Yet New Year's Day Lazlo 1989
47% Heartburn Dmitri 1986
93% Amadeus Director 1984
No Score Yet Amadeus: Directors Cut Director 1984
91% Ragtime Director 1981
No Score Yet James Cagney: That Yankee Doodle Dandy Actor 1981
90% Hair Director 1979
94% One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Director 1975
40% Visions of 8 - The Olympics of Motion Picture Achievement Director 1973
100% Taking Off Director Screenwriter 1971
90% The Firemen's Ball Director Screenwriter 1968
No Score Yet Konkurs (Audition) Director Screenwriter 1968
No Score Yet A Well-Paid Walk (Dobre placena prochazka) Director 1967
93% Loves of a Blonde (Lásky jedné plavovlásky) Director Screenwriter 1966
No Score Yet Black Peter Screenwriter Director 1963


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