Miloš Forman, clash between the individual and conformism?
Miloš Forman (1932-2018) is one of only three directors who won all five Oscars in all main categories (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Screenplay). His works One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeus belong to the classic Hollywood canon. For the Czechs, besides artist Alfons Mucha and writer Milan Kundera, he belongs to the most worldwide famous fellow-contrymen.
It has been said that most of Forman's film have as reccurent theme the clash between the individual and a conformist society. In his lecture, writer and poet Jean-Gaspard Páleníček will explore this theme in relationship to the historical context of the director's life. The lecture will also introduce Forman's early career in the 1950's as actor, screenwriter and assistant director, his partners from the Czechoslovak New Wave Ivan Passer and Jaroslav Papoušek as well as Forman's returns to his homeland. Finally, Páleníček will dig into Forman's Japanese film project from the world of corporate business and sumo.
The lecture is part of a three evenings hommage to Miloš Forman organised by the Czech Centre Tokyo, with two film screenings:
4. 7. 2018, 19:00, The Firemen's Ball, introduced by Petr Holý, director of Chekogura
18. 7. 2018, 19:00, Taking Off, introduced by Kenichi Abe, translator and Bohemist at the Tokyo University
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