Czech-American film director and screenwriter Miloš Forman began his career by collaborating with cinematographer Miroslav Ondříček and long-time school friend and film director Ivan Passer to film the silent documentary ‘Semafor’ about the Semafor theater. His first important production was a documentary about competing singers, called ‘Audition’.
In the 1960s, he gained fame for his comedy movies. He created his own style of comedy and became an important figure in the Czechoslovak New Wave. In 1964, he made the film ‘Black Peter,’ which covered the first few days in the working life of a Czech teenager. The following year, he directed the comedy-drama film ‘Loves of a Blonde.’ The movie won awards at the Venice and Locarno film festivals.
In 1967, he directed his first color film ‘The Firemen's Ball.’ The movie was nominated for an Academy Award and went on to become one of the best–known movies of the Czechoslovak New Wave. His first film made in the United States, ‘Taking Off’ was a comedy starring Lynn Carlin and Buck Henry. In 1975, Forman directed the film ‘One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest,’ a psychological comedy-drama based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Ken Kesey. The film won several Academy, Golden Globe, and BAFTA Awards and is regarded as one of the greatest films ever made.
He began the 1980s with the American movie ‘Ragtime,’ based on the 1975 historical novel of the same name by E.L. Doctorow. He directed the movie adaptation of Peter Shaffer's play ‘Amadeus’ in 1984. The film retold the story of composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri. It was a major hit and received eight Academy Awards. Forman filmed an adaptation of Pierre Choderlos de Laclos's novel ‘Les Liaisons dangereuses’ in 1989.
In 1996, he directed ‘The People vs. Larry Flynt,’ a biographical film of the pornography mogul Larry Flynt. The critically acclaimed film starred Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, and Edward Norton. Forman directed ‘Man on the Moon,’ a biography of famous actor and avant-garde comic Andy Kaufman, in 1999. In 2006, he directed the biographical drama film ‘Goya's Ghosts,’ which told the story of the Spanish painter Francisco Goya.
Keeping the Faith is a romantic comedy film, which tells the story of a priest and a rabbi, who have been friends since boyhood. However, when both of them fall for the same woman, their friendship is under strain.
Heartburn is a comedy drama film which tells the story of a magazine writer named Rachel who decides to give up her career after she falls in love with a man named Mark Forman, a newspaper columnist who is a playboy. They try to build a life together, but Mark just can’t seem to give up his old tricks.
After being convicted, Randle Patrick McMurphy pleads insanity to avoid hard labor at a prison farm and is sent to the mental institution run by the tyrannical head nurse Mildred Ratched, who keeps everyone subdued with abuse and medication. Rebellious McMurphy quickly comes into conflict with authoritarian Ratched, and leads an uprising with his fellow inmates.
The movie is a fictionalised account of the rivalry between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri. Salieri, the royal composer at the court of Austrian emperor Joseph II, is frustrated that God has bestowed an annoying man like Mozart with such supreme musical talent. Enraged, he plots to derail Mozart’s career and eventually causes his downfall.
The biographical drama tells the story of American comedy legend Andy Kaufman. The movie celebrates Kaufman’s unparalleled talent and enigmatic journey and from a small-time performer to landing the series Taxi, to creating the character of Tony Clifton, to his kayfabe feud with Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler, until his untimely death from lung cancer.
Based on the real-life case of ‘Hustler Magazine v. Falwell’, the movie finds Hustler magazine’s publisher, Harry Flynt, being dragged to the court by anti-pornography activists. After Flynt and his lawyer are shot by a zealot resulting in Flynt becoming paralyzed, he continues to fight for his rights becoming an unlikely icon for free-speech.
An upper-class family residing in New York finds a baby of African-American origin abandoned in their garden. They soon find out that the police are about to charge the mother with child abandonment and attempted murder. The mother decides to take the child in into their home, although the father is reluctant. However, things get complicated when the child’s father enters the picture.
Goya’s Ghosts is a historical biography drama film, which revolves around the life of the prominent Spanish painter Francisco Goya, who was arrested on account of heresy during the time of the French Revolution.