MAN ON THE MOON
In a career that has seen him twice
awarded the Oscar (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus), MILOS
FORMAN (Director) has managed to combine and assimilate the best of
European and American filmmaking. One of a handful of foreign directors to
achieve international success without being pigeon-holed by genre or
nationality, his films celebrate individualism and concentrate on intimate human
Three actors have won Academy Awards
in his films: Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher in Cuckoo's Nest; and F.
Murray Abraham in Amadeus.
In 1997, Forman received his third
Academy Award nomination as Best Director for The People vs. Larry Flynt,
which also starred Courtney Love and was written by Man on the Moon
scribes, Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. The film also earned Woody
Harrelson a Best Actor nomination.
The youngest of three sons, Forman was
born in Caslav, a town 45 miles from Prague. At the age of nine, his parents
were arrested by the Gestapo and perished in the death camps, leaving him to be
raised by relatives. He became interested in theater while attending a boarding
school for children orphaned by the war. He found himself especially taken with
the comedies of Chaplin and Keaton, and the westerns of John Ford.
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