The death has taken place of Jan Tomas Forman aka Miloš, whose arresting anti-Soviet New Wave Czech films (as both writer and director) brought him to the attention of the world in the Sixties. His dyspeptic view of society and politics in films like The Firemen’s Ball made him a predictably iconclastic commentator on American life in Taking Off, his transatlanic debut which also exposed his taste for classic comedy and nearly caused him a total nervous breakdown when it was a commercial failure. He did everything he could to remain in the US. His desire to make Hair would have to wait a decade when the rights were finally acquired. Paired with Jack Nicholson’s powerhouse performance his ability to tailor a zesty confrontational ‘message’ film was encapsulated in the classic One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, a masterful adaptation of Ken Kesey’s novel and a tribute too to Michael Douglas’ producing. It bears tragedy and humour with equal weight, appropriately considering Forman was at his lowest ebb when he was offered the job. It won the Big 5 Oscars. With Amadeus, one of his Eighties literary adaptations, he was practically an opera conductor in a film which is satanic in its majesty. His taste for salty sociocultural appraisal came to the fore again in the Nineties with portraits of Larry Flynt and Andy Kaufman (Man in the Moon), helping to craft performances about very problematic and eccentric public figures. He never lost his spirit of rebellion and resisted the urge to wallow in bitterness despite having seen his parents taken to concentration camps where they were murdered by the Nazis. Rest in peace.