Milos Forman

Since Milos Forman recently passed away I have focused on seeing his oscar movies this week:

– Amadeus (1984)
Won for Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role (F. Murray Abraham), Best Director (Forman),Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Costume Design, Best Sound, Best Makeup.
Nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Tom Hulce), Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing.

This is the big one, and for some reason I have never seen this before. I watched the Director’s Cut of this as it is the only version available on blu-ray. I enjoyed it, but I found the film had kind of an uneven pace. Seems to be a problem with the Director’s Cut, so next time I see it, it will be the Theatrical Cut.

– The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)
Nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Woody Harrelson) and Best Director (Milos Forman).

If found this movie kind of unbearable. It feels like Forman trying to do Oliver Stone or something, and isn’t quite edgy enough. It becomes weird and uncomfortable, and not in a good way. The story skips through events and time so rapid it never get me engaged in what’s going on. Forman being nominated for best director baffles me.

– Valmont (1989)
Nominated for Best Costume Design.

A by the numbers potent costume drama. Nothing too special about this, but entertaining enough and with good performances.

– Loves of a Blonde (1965)
Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.

One of Forman’s very first films. It is simple and engaging with a very comfortable running time.

– The Fireman’s Ball (1967)
Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.

Also a very early film by Forman, and it was really enjoyable. It kind of reminded me of Saló by Passolino, only without wanting to shower for days after seeing it.

– Ragtime (1981)
Nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Howard E. Rollins Jr.), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Elizabeth McGovern), Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Costume Design, Best Music, Original Song (Randy Newman for the song “One More Hour”), Best Music, Original Score.

Even though it has a running time of 155 minutes, it is way to short for what it is trying to do. Too many sub plots does not get the time it needs for it to justify being in the movie. It’s a shame because it has a lot of potential. Hopefully a longer edit exists and will be release some time in the future.

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