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Milos Forman, 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest' director, dies at 86

Exported Forman directed Danny De Vito and Jim Carrey in the Andy Kaufman biopic"Man on the Moon
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He was nominated again for the best director Oscar for the 1996 movie The People vs. Larry Flint, though did not win.

He moved to the United States after the Communist crackdown on the "Prague Spring" uprising in 1968 and became a USA citizen in the 1970s.

Forman said the film's central issues of censorship and free expression were influenced by his youth in Eastern Europe, when filmmakers and other artists were limited in what they could say by the communist regime.

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

Forman made his Hollywood debut with 1971's Taking Off, which received the Grand Priz at the Cannes Film Festival but was critically panned and failed at the box office.

Milos Forman, one of the most acclaimed directors of the past 50 years, died Friday at 86.

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975).

"Amadeus" won eight Academy Awards, including for best picture and for Forman as best director.

With some trepidation, Forman returned to Czechoslovakia to make "Amadeus" because Prague was one of the few European cities that had been little changed since Mozart's time. He rebounded, however, in 1984 with the film version of the stage hit "Amadeus", and once again won the Best Director Oscar.

According to a report in CNN, Forman was always fascinated with the world of theatre and he also founded his own amateur theatre group in the 1950s, eventually also studying direction at the Prague Film Academy. His third wife was Martina Zborilova in 1999, who is the mother of another set of his twins, Andrew and James.

In another adaptation, this time from an E. L. Doctorow novel and nominated for eight Oscars, Forman explored the roots of racism in the USA via an epic 1900s fresco set in and around NY following a black jazz pianist's experience of deep injustice and his radical rebellion, with fatal consequences. The filmmaker also wrote a biography in 1994 with Jan Novak, titled Turnaround: A Memoir.

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