Oscar-winning director Milos Forman — best known for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Amadeus” — passed away on Saturday at the age of 86, and the filmmaker was immediately championed on Twitter as the news spread.
Writer Larry Karaszewski, who worked with the director on “The People vs Larry Flynt,” said he will “miss his laughter.”
Milos Forman was our friend and our teacher. He was a master filmmaker – no one better at capturing small unrepeatable moments of human behavior. We made two movies together and every day spent with him was a unique adventure. Milos loved life. I will miss his laughter. pic.twitter.com/1ER5ExUUHx
— Larry Karaszewski (@Karaszewski) April 14, 2018
And speaking of Flynt, he said he’ll “always be grateful” the “remarkable” director told his story.
Film lost one of its great true visionaries yesterday – Milos Forman. I will always be grateful to him for telling my story in The People vs Larry Flynt. He was a remarkable man with extraordinary talent. I will miss his presence on this earth.
— Larry Flynt (@ImLarryFlynt) April 14, 2018
Ava DuVernay said she enjoyed many of Forman’s films, but that she’ll be watching “Ragtime” in his honor today.
I still remember the rare images of black life in the early 1900s offered in RAGTIME. Saw it as a teen and recall crying. Howard Rollins, Debbie Allen, Moses Gunn. Directed by Milos Forman. He made many films I enjoy. But I’ll be rewatching RAGTIME today. In appreciation. #RIP pic.twitter.com/QOC1lSvzX7
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) April 14, 2018
“Baby Driver” director Edgar Wright tweeted he’d seen “Cuckoo’s Nest” so many times he could “silently mouth along with the movie.”
Very sad to hear that the great director Miloš Forman has passed away. He had a tremendous filmography that documented the rebel heart and human spirit. I have seen 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest' enough times to be able to silently mouth along with the movie. RIP. pic.twitter.com/4QwOHL7tS4
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) April 14, 2018
And Antonio Banderas called Forman a “genius of cinematography.”
Milos Forman has left us. Genius of cinematography and master in the portrayal of the human condition. RIP pic.twitter.com/pLcXIeEH9h
— Antonio Banderas (@antoniobanderas) April 14, 2018
Here are just a few others who paid tribute.
Two amazing movies. Sorry for your loss. It’s a big loss for the world. We were so lucky to have all experienced his brilliant work. https://t.co/cGssBdMhGW
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) April 14, 2018
Just learned the sad new about #milosforman who’s movies are among some of my favorites of all time. A resume that produces both “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and “Amadeus” deserves to be up there alongside the greats. Good bye to an icon. And Bravo. pic.twitter.com/tnNHrEgw8H
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) April 14, 2018
Crushed tonight to learn of the passing of one of the great teachers in my life, Milos Foreman. He leaves behind a beautiful and moving and artistically daring collection of films and also many other students touched by his generosity, charm and brilliance. RIP.
— Mangold (@mang0ld) April 14, 2018
Another great one passes through the doorway. Milos Foreman. What a force. A lovely man. I’m glad we got to play together. It was a monumental experience. ;^) pic.twitter.com/wzgmOibDHs
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) April 14, 2018
Proof that the most brilliant of filmmakers could also be unfailingly kind, generous, humble and loyal. Thank you Milos Forman pic.twitter.com/btUmryxjRr
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) April 14, 2018
— Jennifer Tilly (@JenniferTilly) April 14, 2018