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Film Director Milos Forman Is Dead

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Film Director Milos Forman Is Dead

Film lovers are mourning director Milos Forman, who won Oscars for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Amadeus."

The Czech-born film-maker, who was 86, was one of a small number of foreign directors to enjoy lasting commercial and critical success in Hollywood, according to the BBC and CNN.

"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" starred Jack Nicholson and won five Oscars in 1976, while 1984's "Amadeus" won eight.

Director Edgar Wright was among those paying tribute, saying he "documented the rebel heart and human spirit."

Forman was born in Caslav, Czech Republic, in 1932.

His father was a member of a resistance group against the Nazi occupation. Both his parents were killed in Nazi concentration camps during World War II, according to Forman's official biography.

"My parents were real patriots, and that was probably the reason why they died. Not until much later, when I was suddenly far from my homeland and its culture, far away from my family, when I was cut away from the land of my childhood, I realized I shared this strong feeling of affection for my country with them," Forman had said, according to his biography.

He had been fascinated with theater since an early age and later founded an amateur theater group in the 1950s. He eventually studied direction at the Prague Film Academy.

He became an established foreign film director in the 1960s for "Loves of a Blonde" and "The Firemen's Ball," which were nominated for Oscars in the best foreign-language film category.

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