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Milos Forman, director of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, has died, aged 86.

The director studied at the Prague Film Academy before emigrating.

A year later, his next film,"The Loves of a Blonde", would be his first to receive worldwide acclaim, earning an Oscar Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.

Loves of a Blonde (1965).

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the renowned director died Friday in the U.S.

His satire "The Fireman's Ball" was banned in Czechoslovakia in 1968 after the Soviets invaded and crushed any liberal strides the country had made. Released in 1971, the film was a comedy about two parents who find themselves in the youth culture movement of the 60s after their children run away. An adaptation of Ken Kesey's eponymous novel, the drama chronicles the events at a psychiatric facility managed by a tyrannical head nurse.

Milos Forman after winning the best director Oscar for holds up his Oscar for his film Amadeus in 1985. It is only one of three films to have accomplished this feat. His films generally appealed to sophisticated audiences, though he could reach the mainstream with his savvy flourishes.

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"I had the honour of working with Milos on One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest and cherish what he taught me".

An American citizen since 1977, the father-of-four returned to still-Communist Prague in 1983 to film "Amadeus", which earned him a second Oscar for best director and won eight out of 11 nominations.

Seeing his country come under the control of an oppressive regime, Forman, who was already in the USA producing his next project "Taking Off", chose to immigrate to the states for good.

Former collaborator writer and producer Larry Karaszewski, who worked on Man On The Moon and The People vs Larry Flynt, said Forman was our friend and our teacher.

Valmont, Forman's 1989 adaptation of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, proved something of an anticlimax as another version, directed by Stephen Frears and containing a star-making performance from John Malkovich, had been released the previous year. Although he later collaborated with Vaclav Havel to adapt a novel about the 1938 Munich Agreement that enabled the Nazis to claim control of Czechoslovakia's Sudentenland, the project failed to materialise. He served as jury president at the Cannes Film Festival in 1985 and the Venice Film Festival in 2000. They were named after comedian Andy Kaufman and Jim Carrey, who played the part of Kaufman in "Man on the Moon".

He married Martina Zborilova, his third wife, in 1999.

Paying tribute to the late filmmaker, Baby Driver director Edgar Wright tweeted: "Very sad to hear that the great director Milos Forman has passed away". He also wrote and acted in several of his movies.


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