Miloš Forman obituary

Oscar-winning director of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and AmadeusWhen Miloš Forman, who has died aged 86, travelled to Prague to shoot the film Amadeus in 1984, it was the first time he had set foot in his homeland for 16 years.

He had fled communist Czechoslovakia in 1968 just before the Russians put an end to the Prague Spring.In the Us, when he was offered One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), set in a state psychiatric hospital, he saw it as a metaphor for the conformist society from which he had escaped.

Forman identified with McMurphy (Jack Nicholson), the grinning antihero fighting the system as represented by Nurse Ratched, played with chilling authority by Louise Fletcher.

McMurphy is finally lobotomised after attempting to throttle the nurse, who signified the way totalitarian regimes exact revenge on transgressors.

It was something Forman knew about personally, having lived under nazism and Stalinism.

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