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Milos Forman

Highest Rated:   100% Taking Off (1971)
Lowest Rated:   6% Nomad (2007)
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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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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
67% A Short History Of Decay
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
2014
55% Beloved
  • Jaromil
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
70% 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
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
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
No Score Yet Master Classes In the Media Arts - Milos Foreman
  • Actor
1999
87% The People Vs. Larry Flynt
  • Director
1996
86% Who Is Henry Jaglom?
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet Why Havel?
  • Narrator
1991
54% Valmont
  • Director
1989
No Score Yet New Year's Day
  • Lazlo
1989
47% Heartburn
  • Dmitri
1986
95% Amadeus
  • Director
1984
No Score Yet Amadeus: Directors Cut
  • Director
1984
90% Ragtime
  • Director
1981
No Score Yet James Cagney: That Yankee Doodle Dandy
  • Actor
1981
89% Hair
  • Director
1979
95% 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
89% The Firemen's Ball
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1968
No Score Yet Konkurs (Audition)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
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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