DOC FILMS: Rebel By Nature: The Films of Miloš Forman

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Rebel By Nature: The Films of Miloš Forman


Programmed by CEERES


Essay by Professor Malynne Sternstein


This series is a celebration of the life and accomplishments of director Miloš Forman (1932-2018). Best known today for his critically-acclaimed box office smashes One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) and Amadeus (1984), Forman's film work began in Prague. His early films, like his debut Audience (1964) and those that won him international acclaim, Loves of a Blonde (1965) and The Firemen's Ball (1967), send up the smug and the tractable petty bureaucrats of provincial Czech society, honoring the rebel, the canny naïf, the quiet iconoclast. He soon fled the repressive Communist regime and decamped to the U.S., where he helmed Hollywood productions distinguished by his singular artistic touch--throughout his 50-year career, the subject matter Forman was drawn to came with a signature bittersweet tone, emphatic narrative cogency, and lush spontaneity. With this series, we also mark the occasion of the 100th anniversary of an independent Czechoslovakia by honoring the career of a filmmaker of historicity, one whose work always resounded with his Czech roots and the historical "curse of the eights" in his homeland: of 1938 (growing up in the so-called Sudetenland, his mother arrested by the Gestapo when he was 8 years old), 1948 (the Communist putsch), 1968 (the crushing of the Prague Spring), and the unshuttering of the Czech nation with the Velvet revolution of 1989 (the year his Valmont was released). Forman's films are gorgeously acerbic revelations of the farce of History--powerful because they do not abstract this theme, instead seizing on localized injustice and stupidity, and the possibilities of overcoming these in life as it is lived in the everyday. A genius of the stolen moment, Forman's films resonate with the dark humor that only a true survivor could nurture. His triumph was to give sound and image to universal human frailty while never failing to simultaneously sing the wisdom of compassion.


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