Amadeus. 1984. USA. Directed by Milos Forman

Milos Forman, A Retrospective

February 14–28, 2008 The Museum of Modern Art

The international commercial and critical success of Milos Forman’s films is a testament to the uniqueness of his blend of passionate, personal interpretation, a remarkable ability to capture the zeitgeist, and a healthy dose of black humor. This complete retrospective celebrates the “Formanesque” vision he has sustained over 45 years.

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.

Organized by Jytte Jensen, Curator, Department of Film, with the kind collaboration of The Czech Center, New York; The National Film Archive, Prague; and Irena Kovarova, independent curator and tour manager.

With warm thanks to Moleskine for their continued support and with grateful acknowledgement of Janus Films, MGM, Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Samuel Goldwyn Films, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Ceska Televize for their loan of prints to this series.


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