Death of Cuckoo’s Nest film di­rec­tor

Sunday Mail (UK) - - Lesley Roberts -

Os­car- win­ning One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest di­rec­tor Mi­los For­man has died at the age of 86.

The Czech- born f i lm­maker was best known for Cuckoo’s Nest, star­ring Jack Ni­chol­son, and Amadeus, the 1984 film about Mozart.

His man­ager, Den­nis As­p­land, con­firmed that he had been told by For­man’s wi fe Martina that the di­rec­tor “passed away late last night”.

Forma n , who had trav­elled to the US af­ter Com­mu­nist film au­thor­i­ties re­jected his ideas, was also known for The Peo­ple vs Larry Flynt (1996) and Man On The Moon (1999).

The 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was adapted from Ken Ke­sey’s 1962 novel and starred Ni­chol­son as a pa­tient in a men­tal in­sti­tu­tion.

It tr iumphed at the Os­cars, achiev­ing the rare feat of scoop­ing awards in five ma­jor cat­e­gories – Best Pic­ture, Di­rec­tor, Ac­tor, Act ress and Adapted Screen­play.

Amadeus, star­ring Tom Hulce as Mozart, which was f ilmed in For­man’s na­tive Cze­choslo­vakia, wo n e i g ht O s c a r s , in­clud­ing Best Pic­ture and Di­rec­tor.

Di­rec­tor Edgar Wright was among those to pay trib­ute.

He wrote on Twit­ter: “Very sad to hear that the great di­rec­tor Mi­los For­man has passed away.

“He had a tremen­dous f i l mo g r a p h y that doc­u­mented the rebel heart and hu­man spirit.”

TRI­UMPH For­man

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