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How Milos Forman Brought Ken Kesey & Mozart Together

What do the author of one of the most profound and moving novels of our time (Ken Kesey) and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart have in common?

Filmmaker Milos Forman.

Forman directed both the 1975 film of Kesey’s quintessential work One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest as well 1985’s Amadeus, the film adaptation of the Peter Shaffer play about the troubled musical prodigy and his jealous nemesis. For both films, he won Best Director Oscars for his work.

The director, who passed away recently, did not direct many films, but his impact in the filmmaking world is considered legendary.  In addition Cuckoo’s Nest and Amadeus (which happen to be two of my favorite films), he also directed a unique variety of films, from Broadway musicals (Hair) to historical costume dramas (Valmont).

Milos Forman movies available at Niles-Maine District Library include:

Amadeus (also on blu-ray)

Black Peter (Czech)

The Fireman’s Ball (Czech)

Goya’s Ghosts


The Loves of a Blonde (Czech)

Man on the Moon

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

The People vs. Larry Flynt






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