Milos Forman
This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with Miloš Forman

Interviewed by: Daniel Algrant

Miloš Forman discusses his career from the difficulties making films like Loves of a Blonde and The Firemen's Ball under the Soviet regime in his native Czechoslovakia, to directing award-winning films like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeus with the creative freedom he found in the United States.


Director Miloš Forman emphasizes the importance of casting, highlighting the intense selection process he went through finding the actors to populate the mental institution in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.

Forman discusses the scene in Amadeus where a dying Mozart dictates an unfinished composition to Salieri, from writing the scene with Peter Schaffer to providing the actors with hidden earpieces on set playing the music.

Forman explains how his fellow DGA members helped prevent his deportation to Czechoslovakia.