Obituary: ‘Amadeus’ Filmmaker Milos Forman Dies

By Francisco Salazar

Filmmaker Milos Forman has passed away.

The director, from the Czech Republic, died at the age of 86 according to his representatives Dennis Aspland.

Forman, while not an opera director, was most famous for having directed “Amadeus,” the biopic of Mozart’s life which went on to win eight Academy Awards and numerous BAFTA and Golden Globes. The film saw numerous selections from Mozart’s operas including parts of “Don Giovanni’ and “The Magic Flute.”

He also directed the Oscar-winning film “One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest,” which took home five Oscars.

He also directed such films as “The People Vs. Larry Flynn,” “Hair,” “Goya’s Ghost,” and “Man on the Moon.”

He often used operatic selections in his films, including music from “The Bartered Bride” and “Rusalka.”

Here is a look at Amadeus where Forman uses the Queen of the Night’s aria in “Amadeus.”