87 Great Directors: Milos Forman

” It all begins in the script. If what’s happening is interesting, it doesn’t matter where you shoot from, people will be interested to watch. If you write something boring, you can film from mosquitoes’ underpants and it will still be boring.”

What Got This Director Here?
: Cuckoo’s Nest, mostly.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

What Did I Watch: Amadeus.

Where Does He Fit: After spending far too much time trying to get my hands on the theatrical cut of Amadeus in good quality, I finally settled for the director’s cut. It’s still a very strong film, but the scenes that were added for no reason and have endured as the definitive version seem out of place, slightly throwing the structure and pacing out of wack. Still, F. Murray Abraham, Elizabeth Berridge, Jeffrey Jones, and even Tom Hulce as a deeply modern and annoying take on the titular composer get plenty to sink their teeth into. Also, the costumes are all timers, so thank goodness for that.


Most Valuable Asset: Culture clashes.
Most Excited For: Fireman’s Ball.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Yes.

Coming Up Next: Greece’s foremost, Theo Angelopoulos.


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