The death of Milos Forman has triggered tributes to the iconic two-time Oscar-winning director from the film community in many parts of the world.
Homages to the Czech-born filmmaker, who won Academy Awards for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” in 1975 and “Amadeus” in 1984, began springing up on social media soon after Forman’s death was revealed by his wife, Martina, on Friday.
Natalie Portman, who starred in Forman’s 2006 drama “Goya’s Ghosts” — his final directorial feature — described her work with the helmer as “one of the most meaningful filmmaking experiences of my life.”
“I loved working with Milos and am so sad to hear of his passing,” Portman said in a statement. “I am grateful to have gotten to experience the way he made the film, set an absurdist adventure, his irreverent humor, his love of food, wine and family, and his phenomenal direction. He made me laugh and he made me think, and I will remember our time in Madrid always as one of the most meaningful filmmaking experiences of my life. I send my deepest condolences to his wife and children.”
Former Cannes president Gilles Jacob described Forman as the “only director who went from the Czech New Wave (‘Black Peter’) to big American films which won flurries of Oscars (‘Amadeus’). Immense body of work. He loved beer, tennis, Cannes, he spoke the truth, that’s all. Milos will remain dear in my heart,” Jacob tweeted in French.
Actor Antonio Banderas also paid tribute to Forman. “Milos Forman has left us. Genius of cinematography and master in the portrayal of the human condition,” wrote Banderas.
British director-writer Edgar Wright (“Baby Driver”) said Forman had left “a tremendous filmography that documented the rebel heart and human spirit.”
American writer-producer Larry Karaszewski, who made two films (including “Larry Flynt”) with Forman, said the filmmaker was “our friend and our teacher. He was a master filmmaker – no one better at capturing small unrepeatable moments of human behavior. We made two movies together and every day spent with him was a unique adventure. Milos loved life. I will miss his laughter.”
Courtney Love was cast by Forman in “The People vs. Larry Flynt.”
Director Greg Mottola referenced his teaching career at Columbia.
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