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Milos Forman and His Movies

By Cecilia Cygnar

The Czech director of two of my favorite films (Amadeus and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) passed away recently. And even though he did not direct many films, his impact on the filmmaking world is considered legendary.

  • Amadeus

    1997

    By far my favorite Forman movie, this Mozart biopic, which won both Best Picture and a second Best Director Oscar for Forman, is a stellar piece of cinema. It's dark when it needs to be, funny when needed, and is filled with glorious music.

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  • Black Peter

    2004

    One of Forman's early Czech films. A delightful coming-of-age comedy, Forman never again would do an out-and-out comedy, nor a film about young adults.

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  • The Firemen's Ball

    2002

    The Czech movie that was such a success overseas, it made Hollywood sit up and notice Forman. After this film, he moved to the U.S. and began his career in Hollywood.

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  • Goya's Ghosts

    2008

    Another biopic from Forman. This time, he tackles the life and work of Spanish painter Francisco Goya.

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  • Hair

    1999

    Adapted from the popular and controversial Broadway musical, this film is only the second film Forman directed in Hollywood, but it is the first that has music as an important element in the plot.

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  • Man on the Moon

    2000

    Jim Carrey tackles the tough role of controversial, troubled comedian Andy Kaufman. Under Forman's direction, the normally outrageous Carrey gives a touching, introspective performance.

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  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    2002

    My second favorite Forman film. Adapted from the Ken Kesey novel, this film went on to be only one of three films ever to win awards for all of the five major Academy Award categories: director, picture, actor, actress and writing.

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  • The People Vs. Larry Flynt

    1997

    No matter how you feel about Flynt and his magazine, there is no denying this is a strong, well-made film. Woody Harrelson shines as the publisher and provocateur.

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  • Ragtime

    2004

    Based on the E.L. Doctorow novel, this Forman adaptation is filled with an all-star cast, great costumes, and a wonderful score.

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