Milos Forman, A Retrospective
February 14–28, 2008
Based on intelligent scripts, Forman's work is characterized by a sharp antiauthoritarian spirit and a lucid, heartfelt humanism. His films maintain an intoxicating relevance to contemporary living by identifying iconic trends and events—evident both in his early features (Loves of a Blonde, The Firemen's Ball), which helped jump-start the fabled Czech New Wave in the mid-1960s, and in his renegade Hollywood films from the 1970s to today (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The People vs. Larry Flynt). A master of his métier from his career's inception (Audition, 1963), Forman developed an unmistakable style in collaboration with his longtime cinematographer, Miroslav Ondrícek, that is marked by fastidious attention to set design details (exemplified by his much admired period films of the 1980s), augmented by a rare insight into the nuances of performance. All films directed by Milos Forman, except where noted.