Miloš Forman
film director, screenwriter, professor
Miloš Forman
Jan Tomáš Kohn-Forman, known as Miloš Forman, is a Czech-American director, screenwriter, and professor, who since 1968 has lived and worked primarily in the former Czechoslovakia and the present Czech Republic. Forman was one of the most important directors of the Czechoslovak New Wave.
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Oscar-Winning Cinematographer Haskell Wexler Dies At 93
Huffington Post - about 1 year
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Haskell Wexler, one of Hollywood's most famous and honored cinematographers and one whose innovative approach helped him win Oscars for "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and the Woody Guthrie biopic "Bound for Glory," died Sunday. He was 93. Wexler died peacefully in his sleep, his son, Oscar-nominated sound man Jeff Wexler, told The Associated Press. A liberal activist, Wexler photographed some of the most socially relevant and influential films of the 1960s and 1970s, including the Jane Fonda-Jon Voight anti-war classic, "Coming Home," the Sidney Poitier-Rod Steiger racial drama "In the Heat of the Night" and the Oscar-winning adaptation of Ken Kesey's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." He was also the rare cinematographer known enough to the general public to receive a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. "He was a wonderful father. I owe most of who I am to his wisdom and guidance," said his son, nominated for Oscars himself for "Independence Day" a ...
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If Walls Could Talk at the Chelsea Hotel
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Since 1885, the Chelsea Hotel has seen more than its share of artists, musicians, writers and celebrities. Sid Vicious from the Sex Pistols, Before Sunrise star Ethan Hawke, filmmaker Milos Forman and beat poet Herbert Huncke have all called it home at one time or another. Jack Kerouac wrote On the Road there; Arthur C. Clarke penned 2001: A Space Odyssey within its walls. Living in the Chelsea Hotel, © Linda Troeller Those days are pretty much done with now. The hotel changed hands a few years back and has been closed for renovations. It's transitioning away from a residential hotel, toward a more traditional role for overnight guests. Luckily, the work of award-winning photographer Linda Troeller -- who lived on the Chelsea's ninth floor for 20 years -- has now been published in a new book from Schiffer Publishing. Hotel Chelsea Atmosphere, © Linda Troeller Troeller did it for two reasons: "First, to unify and remind the culture of the value of artists living in ...
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Byrd 1933: The Importance of Documentary Film in the History of Scientific Exploration
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Admiral Richard E. Byrd in Antarctica during his second expedition 1933-1935. Courtesy of BPCRC. In 1985, the Polar Research Institute at the Ohio State University made a successful bid to acquire the archives of noted polar explorer Admiral Richard E. Byrd (for more about Admiral Byrd, please see accompanying article, "Mysteries in Ice," here). OSU and the Institute, now renamed the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education for the processing of the Byrd archive, which took place over a two-year period from November 1, 1992 through October 31, 1994. Contained within the archives, which before their acquisition by Ohio State had been housed in varying locations, among them several warehouses and a barn--environments not conducive to preservation--were reels of acetate and nitrate film, including 28 reels containing Byrd's Discovery Lecture Film Series. After copious analysis by a film intern from New York University, on ...
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Celebrating 50 Years of Dancemaking, Twyla Tharp Returns to Berkeley
Huffington Post - over 1 year
With Paul Taylor and Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp is without doubt one of the top three living American choreographers. Taylor has been around longer, and Morris brings his troupe to the Bay Area more often; but Tharp's work, whether for film, TV, Broadway, other dance companies -- from the Paris Opera Ballet to the Martha Graham Dance Company to Hubbard Street Dance Chicago -- or her own may have been seen by more people. By Tharp's count (according to her website), she has choreographed "more than 160 works: 129 dances, 12 television specials, six Hollywood movies, four full-length ballets, four Broadway shows, and two figure-skating routines." After studying dance with both Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham, Tharp joined the Paul Taylor Dance Company when she finished college -- and formed her own company, Twyla Tharp Dance, just three years later. It performed original works set to all kinds of music: classical, jazz, contemporary pop. "Deuce Coupe" (1973), choreographed for the ...
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'I Never Expected To Work In Television Again'
Popeater - over 3 years
"Homeland's" Mandy Patinkin has made no secret of his tumultuous TV past, having famously quit "Criminal Minds" because of the dark subject matter by reportedly not showing up to a table read, and exiting "Chicago Hope" at the height of its success to be closer to his family. "The biggest public mistake I ever made was that I chose to do 'Criminal Minds' in the first place," Patinkin recently told New York Magazine. "I thought it was something very different. I never thought they were going to kill and rape all these women every night, every day, week after week, year after year. It was very destructive to my soul and my personality." In a new interview with the New York Times, the 60-year-old actor again addressed his previous on-set behavior, admitting that a personal issue may have influenced his decision to take "Criminal Minds." "When ‘Criminal Minds’ came along, I had just survived the discovery that I had prostate cancer, so I guess I had that vulnerability," ...
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George Heymont: Period Pieces
Huffington Post - over 3 years
George Santayana is famous for stating that "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Yet one of the great things about history is our ability to look back on it in wonder (or wonder as we look back on it): What would it feel like to witness or participate in such events? What would it be like if we could travel back in time to a specific moment and change the course of history? Was there something else happening in the background that historians have never known? While plays that are set in a time and place far removed from today are often referred to as "historical dramas," "period pieces," or "sand and sandal epics," the knowledge of different historical periods bestowed on us through paintings, sculpture, and literature allows us to have fun with history. Documentarian Peter Greenaway (who describes The Night Watch (1642) as the fourth most famous painting in history) has created two films about Rembrandt van Rijn's famous painting ...
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They both start with a C
The Economist - almost 4 years
CZECHS thought they had less of an international identity problem than people from other small Central European countries, say Slovaks, Latvians or Lithuanians. After all, Václav Havel, Milos Forman, Jaromír Jágr (pictured above) and other famous Czechs must have put their country on the map. They were in for a surprise. The aftermath of the Boston marathon bombing proved that not even Mr Jágr, a popular ice-hockey player who was traded to the Boston Bruins from Dallas only weeks before the attack, managed to make his country known to many Americans. After officials said on April 19th that the suspects of the Boston carnage hailed from Chechnya, angry users across America flooded social media with vulgar posts targeting the Czech Republic. Some even pointed the finger at Czechoslovakia, a country that has not existed for 20 years. The blunder was not limited to Twitter and Facebook: an analyst on CNN confused the two. The anchor, Anderson Cooper, did not correct him. "When I firs ...
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Kolby Solinsky: Roger Ebert: Nobody Did it Better
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
RIP Roger Ebert. There was nobody better. What more can you say about someone who's story was summed up so well by his own words? His own prose. His own opinions. His own critical look at everything, even himself. His fairness. His love for movies, and for their viewers. His own thumbs, whether they were up or down. Roger Ebert was a taken-for-granted staple. At least, for most of my life he was. He was well-established before I was born, and his TV shows with Gene Siskel and Richard Roeper were a given to be there for me if I was sick from school, or faking sick from school (and, most of the time, it was the latter). Of course, I never made an intentional attempt to watch it. It was just on, like most of TV. But, everybody knew Roger Ebert. Something about him was more familiar and more popular than his co-hosts. Something about his opinion mattered to you. How great was it when he'd love an under-appreciated movie you also loved when nobody else did? ...
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Tom O'Neil: What Will the Oscar Upsets Be?
The Huffington Post - about 4 years
Nothing in Hollywood goes according to script, especially at the Oscars. In past years, for example, just when most of the award pundits made up their minds that Viola Davis (The Help) and Julie Christie (Away from Her) would win Best Actress of 2011 and 2007, Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) and Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose) pulled off jaw-droppers. This year the pundits polled by Gold Derby say Lincoln will win Best Picture, Director (Steven Spielberg), Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis) and Supporting Actor (Tommy Lee Jones). Best Actress is believed to be between Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) and Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) and it's widely presumed that Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables) has Supporting Actress in the bag. Pundit support for Lincoln is bolstered by the fact that it leads with the most nominations (12), which usually translates into victory in the top race. However, let's recall that Hugo had the most bids last year and The Artist took Best Pic ...
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Vaclav Klaus's controversial amnesty
The Economist - about 4 years
IF this was an attempt at a noble gesture before leaving office, it clearly failed. On New Year's Day, just nine weeks before the end of his second term, the Czech Republic's president, Václav Klaus (pictured above), granted a broad amnesty that has sparked unceasing outrage. The outgoing president showed mercy to small-time crooks and elderly offenders, and admonished courts for being too slow. Mr. Klaus invoked his presidential right for the first time in his decade in office and 15 years since the last amnesty by his predecessor, Václav Havel. The president pardoned all convicts with prison terms under one year. The amnesty, which was co-signed by Petr Nečas, the prime minister, also includes people sentenced for non-violent crimes to up to two years in jail, and seniors aged at least 70 whose prison terms do not exceed three years and those aged at least 75 with terms of up to 10 years. Czech prisons have since released 6,326 inmates, or more than one quarter of th ...
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Directors Guild to honor Milos Forman with lifetime award
Reuters.com - about 4 years
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oscar-winning director Milos Forman, known for works such as "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest," will be honored with a lifetime achievement award, the Directors Guild of America said on Wednesday.
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Paula Wallace: 15 Years at the Savannah Film Festival
Huffington Post - over 4 years
As I look back on 15 years of the Savannah Film Festival at the Savannah College of Art and Design, I'm visited by a flood of priceless memories: Terence Malick helping a SCAD student with her homework, Milos Forman walking into a SCAD computer lab to find a student re-editing a scene from one of his iconic films, Twin Peaks actor Ray Wise joining the cast of a SCAD student production on less than a day's notice, Woody Harrelson befriending soldiers at a local dive and inviting them to a screening of The Messenger the following night, Peter O'Toole and Roger Ebert, lost in conversation as they strolled down Broughton Street... just to name a few. We began in 1998 with a handful of guests and a few screenings. This year, the film festival is expected to draw an audience of more than 40,000 for more than 75 screenings and events at Trustees Theater, a 1946 cinema house, and the Lucas, a former Vaudeville stage. For these eight days in autumn, Hollywood comes to Savannah. ...
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Letter: The Face of Socialism
NYTimes - over 4 years
A vice chairman of Democratic Socialists of America responds to an Op-Ed article by the Czech-born film director Milos Forman.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Miloš Forman
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2009
    Age 77
    Forman received an honorary degree in 2009 from Emerson College in Boston, USA.
    More Details Hide Details He regularly collaborated with cinematographer Miroslav Ondříček. Loves of a Blonde is one of the best–known movies of Czechoslovak New Wave and has won awards at the Venice and Locarno film festivals. It was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1967. A 1967 Czechoslovak-Italian co-production, this was Forman's first color film. It is one of the best–known movies of Czechoslovak New Wave. On the face of it a naturalistic representation of an ill-fated social event in a provincial town, the film has been seen by both movie scholars and the then-authorities in Czechoslovakia as a biting satire on East European Communism, which resulted in it being banned for many years in Forman's home country. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.
    In 2009 a documentary film about Forman directed by Miloš Šmídmajer was produced – Miloš Forman: Co te nezabije.
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  • 2007
    Age 75
    In April 2007 the jazz opera Dobře placená procházka premiered at the Prague National Theatre, directed by Forman's son, Petr Forman.
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  • 2006
    Age 74
    In 2006, he received the Hanno R. Ellenbogen Citizenship Award presented by the Prague Society for International Cooperation.
    More Details Hide Details He is professor emeritus of film at Columbia University. The asteroid 11333 Forman was named after Forman.
  • 1999
    Age 67
    The biography of famous actor and avant-garde comic Andy Kaufman (Jim Carrey, who won a Golden Globe for his performance) premiered on December 22, 1999.
    More Details Hide Details The film also starred Danny DeVito, Courtney Love and Paul Giamatti. This free biography of Spanish painter Francisco Goya (American-Spanish co-production) premiered on November 8, 2006. The film starred Natalie Portman, Javier Bardem, Stellan Skarsgård and Randy Quaid. Forman's early films are popular among Czechs. Many situations and phrases from his movies have passed into common use. For example, the Czech term zhasnout (to switch lights off) from The Fireman's Ball, associated with petty theft in the film, has been used to describe the large-scale asset stripping that occurred in the country during the 1990s. Academy Awards Golden Globe Cannes Berlinale BAFTA César Award David di Donatello European Film Academy The state prize of Klement Gottwald Czech Lion List of Greatest Czechs Doctor of Humane Letters
    Then Forman married Martina Zbořilová on November 28, 1999.
    More Details Hide Details They also have twin sons, Jim and Andy (born 1999, named for comics Jim Carrey and Andy Kaufman), and reside in Connecticut, USA.
  • 1996
    Age 64
    The 1996 biographical film of pornographic publisher Larry Flynt brought Forman another Oscar nomination.
    More Details Hide Details The film starred Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love and Edward Norton.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1989
    Age 57
    His adaptation of Pierre Choderlos de Laclos's novel Les Liaisons dangereuses, it had its premiere on November 17, 1989.
    More Details Hide Details Another film adaptation by Stephen Frears had been released the previous year and received much acclaim. The film starred Colin Firth, Meg Tilly and Annette Bening.
  • 1988
    Age 56
    He presided over a ceremony of Caesar in 1988.
    More Details Hide Details In 1997, he received the Crystal Globe award for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Forman performed alongside actor Edward Norton in Norton's directorial debut, Keeping the Faith (2000), as the wise friend to Norton's conflicted priest.
  • 1984
    Age 52
    Forman's next important achievement was the adaption of Peter Shaffer's Amadeus in 1984—retelling the story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri.
    More Details Hide Details The internationally acclaimed film starred Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge and F. Murray Abraham. The movie won eight Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor (Abraham).
  • FORTIES
  • 1979
    Age 47
    The success of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest allowed Forman to direct the long-planned film Hair (a rock musical) in 1979, based on the Broadway musical by James Rado, Gerome Ragni, and Galt MacDermot.
    More Details Hide Details The film starred Treat Williams, John Savage and Beverly D'Angelo.
  • 1975
    Age 43
    In spite of initial difficulties, he started directing in the United States, and achieved success in 1975 with the adaptation of Ken Kesey's novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest starring Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher.
    More Details Hide Details The film won Oscars in the five most important categories: Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay, one of only three films in history to do so, along with It Happened One Night and The Silence of the Lambs, and firmly established Forman's reputation.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1971
    Age 39
    The first movie Forman made in the United States, Taking Off won the Grand Prix at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival.
    More Details Hide Details The film starred Lynn Carlin and Buck Henry, and also featured Linnea Heacock as Jeannie.
  • 1968
    Age 36
    However, during the Prague Spring and the ensuing 1968 invasion, he was in Paris negotiating the production of his first American film.
    More Details Hide Details His employer, a Czech studio, fired him, claiming that he had been out of the country illegally. He moved to New York, where he later became a professor of film at Columbia University and co-chair (with his former teacher František Daniel) of Columbia's film department. One of his protégés was future director James Mangold, whom Forman had advised about scriptwriting. In 1977, he became a naturalized citizen of the United States. In 1985 he headed the Cannes film festival and in 2000 did the same for the Venice festival.
    During the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia in summer 1968, he left Europe for the United States. Forman's first wife was Czech movie star Jana Brejchová. They met during the making of the movie Štěňata (1957). They divorced in 1962.
    More Details Hide Details Forman has twin sons with his second wife, Czech actress Věra Křesadlová-Formanová. They separated in 1969. Both sons, Petr Forman and Matěj Forman, born 1964, are involved in the theatre.
    Forman lived with relatives during World War II and later discovered that his biological father was in fact a Jewish architect, Otto Kohn, a survivor of the Holocaust. He has a brother, Pavel Forman, 12 years older, a Czech painter who, after the 1968 invasion, emigrated to Australia.
    More Details Hide Details In his youth, he wanted to become a theatrical producer, bypassing theater. Through his biological father, he is a half-brother of mathematician Joseph J. Kohn. After the war, Forman attended the elite King George boarding school in the spa town Poděbrady, where his fellow students included Václav Havel, the Mašín brothers and future film-makers Ivan Passer and Jerzy Skolimowski. He later studied screenwriting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He was assistant of Alfred Radok, creator of Laterna Magika.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1943
    Age 11
    Forman's mother died in Auschwitz in 1943.
    More Details Hide Details Forman has stated that he did not fully understand what had happened to them until he saw footage of the concentration camps when he was 16.
  • 1932
    Age 0
    Born in 1932.
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