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.
Forman, le seul réalisateur à être passé de la nouvelle vague tchèque (L'as de pique) aux grands films d'auteur populaire américain couverts d'Oscars (Amadeus).Oeuvre immense. Il aimait la bière, le tennis, Cannes il disait dites la vérité c tout. Milos restera cher à mon coeur.
— gilles jacob (@jajacobbi) April 14, 2018
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.
Milos Forman has left us. Genius of cinematography and master in the portrayal of the human condition. RIP pic.twitter.com/pLcXIeEH9h
— Antonio Banderas (@antoniobanderas) April 14, 2018
British director-writer Edgar Wright (“Baby Driver”) said Forman had left “a tremendous filmography that documented the rebel heart and human spirit.”
Very sad to hear that the great director Miloš Forman has passed away. He had a tremendous filmography that documented the rebel heart and human spirit. I have seen 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest' enough times to be able to silently mouth along with the movie. RIP. pic.twitter.com/4QwOHL7tS4
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) April 14, 2018
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.”
Milos Forman 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. pic.twitter.com/1ER5ExUUHx
— Larry Karaszewski (@Karaszewski) April 14, 2018
Courtney Love was cast by Forman in “The People vs. Larry Flynt.”
Director Greg Mottola referenced his teaching career at Columbia.
MIlos Forman was the chairman of the Columbia U film school when I was there. A cinema devotee if there ever was one. RIP, Milos #LovesOfABlonde pic.twitter.com/MfWJDChxNt
— greg mottola (@gregmottola) April 14, 2018
See more reactions below.
RIP the magnificent Milos Forman, a master of his craft, a world-class human being and a consummate raconteur whose own life (wryly documented in his 1993 memoir "Turnaround" ) was as tragic, darkly funny and ironic as one of his own movies. To know him was to love him.
— Scott Foundas (@foundasonfilm) April 14, 2018
You can see Forman's influence today in everything from the films of the Romanian New Wave (Mungiu, in particular, has cited him) to SHORT TERM 12 and THE DEATH OF STALIN. Long may his legacy reign.
— Scott Foundas (@foundasonfilm) April 14, 2018
Proof that the most brilliant of filmmakers could also be unfailingly kind, generous, humble and loyal. Thank you Milos Forman pic.twitter.com/btUmryxjRr
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) April 14, 2018
Just learned the sad new about #milosforman who’s movies are among some of my favorites of all time. A resume that produces both “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and “Amadeus” deserves to be up there alongside the greats. Good bye to an icon. And Bravo. pic.twitter.com/tnNHrEgw8H
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) April 14, 2018
Film lost one of its great true visionaries yesterday – Milos Forman. I will always be grateful to him for telling my story in The People vs Larry Flynt. He was a remarkable man with extraordinary talent. I will miss his presence on this earth.
— Larry Flynt (@ImLarryFlynt) April 14, 2018
Another great one passes through the doorway. Milos Foreman. What a force. A lovely man. I’m glad we got to play together. It was a monumental experience. ;^) pic.twitter.com/wzgmOibDHs
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) April 14, 2018
Thinking of Milos & his well lived life. Listening to Randy Newman's demo for Milos' RAGTIME. Here he is at his lovely house in Connecticut. I remember driving there w/ a long draft of my first film HEAVY in 1994. I was so nervous. He was so kind.https://t.co/epoVB9ZA1Z pic.twitter.com/VvYntFGB7C
— Mangold (@mang0ld) April 14, 2018
We lost one of our great filmmakers with the passing of Milos Forman. It's time to solve the music rights issues & release a Blu ray of one of his greatest works: TAKING OFF – one of the most accurate portraits of the USA circa 1971 as it could only be interpreted by an outsider. pic.twitter.com/8hEJbPyWs8
— Joe Dante (@joe_dante) April 14, 2018