Oscar-winning director Milos Forman dies at 86

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He was "a great director" with "a tremendous filmography", Wright wrote on Twitter.

His other notable films include "Hair" (1979), "Ragtime" (1981) and "Valmont" (1989).

His first feature in the United States, 1971's Taking Off, was a critical if not commercial success.

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His career overseas started with "Taking Off" in 1971, followed by "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" four years later, which brought Forman his first Oscar for the best director. "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", is by far his most popular and highly appreciated film till date. Starring Jack Nicholson, the film was an adaptation of Ken Kesey's 1962 novel of the same name.

"The Communist Party was my Nurse Ratched, telling me what I could and could not do". His other famous work, "Amadeus", was based on the life of the 18th - century composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart through the eyes of his rival Antonio Salieri.

For his contribution to Hollywood cinema, Forman was also awarded the Directors Guild of America's (DGA) Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013 for motion picture direction.

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OSCAR-winning director Milos Forman handed away in his sleep after a brief sickness late final night time, his supervisor has confirmed.

"No matter what subject or genre he tackles, Miloš finds the universality of the human experience in every story, allowing us - his rapt audience - to recognize ourselves within the struggle for free expression and self-determination that Miloš so aptly portrays on the silver screen", former DGA President Taylor Hackford had said. He is survived by his wife Martina.

The CTK news agency quoted his wife Martina as saying Forman, who lived in the United States, died suddenly on Friday after a short illness. Adding to the news, Martine revealed that at his end, Forman was surrounded by his whole family and close friends.

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