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

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The anti-authoritarian director who left Czechoslovakia in order to have the freedom to make films in the US and captured Oscars for works of art like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeus, Milos Forman has passed away at 86.

After struggling to find further work in the US, he was eventually hired by producers Michael Douglas and Saul Zaentz to direct their 1975 adaptation of Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

The 1975 film, based on Ken Kesey's novel about a misfit who leads mental institution inmates in a revolt against authority, captured every major Oscar at that year's Academy Awards, the first film to do so since 1934 " s "It Happened One Night".

Milos Forman poses during a photo call after being awarded for his contribution to cinema during the second edition of the Lumiere 2010 Film Festival in Lyon, eastern France. He became a citizen of the United States in the 1970s.

Born to a Protestant family in the central Czech town of Caslav on February 18, 1932, the double Oscar winner's life was indelibly scarred by World War II.

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His father was a member of a resistance group against the Nazi occupation. Forman told Los Angeles Times in a 2004 interview.

His first feature in the U.S., 1971's Taking Off, was a critical if not commercial success.

Jan Hrebejk, a leading Czech film director and a friend and former classmate of Forman's wife Martina, told Reuters news agency the director was a gifted storyteller and a great person. Forman then had another huge success with Amadeus, a film version of Peter Shaffer's play about the rivalry between Mozart and Salieri; it won eight Oscars, including Forman's second for best director.

The film was instant hit that solidified the director as a formidable force in Hollywood, and he later directed "Amadeus", "Hair", "Ragtime", and "The People vs Larry Flint". It garnered Oscar nominations for the actor and Forman's direction.

A cigar-puffing cycling enthusiast who always retained a heavy accent, Forman was married to actresses Jana Brejchova and Vera Kresadlova.