Feb 14, 2008 12:00 AM - Feb 28, 2008 12:00 AM
Milos Forman, A Retrospective
Milos Forman, A Retrospective; February 14–28, 2008, MoMA, New York
February 14–28, 2008
The international commercial and critical success of Milos Forman's films is a testament to the uniqueness of his blend of passionate, personal interpretation, a remarkable ability to capture the zeitgeist, and a healthy dose of black humor. This complete retrospective celebrates the "Formanesque" vision he has sustained over forty-five years.
Based on intelligent scripts, Forman's work is characterized by a sharp antiauthoritarian spirit and a lucid, heartfelt humanism. His films maintain an intoxicating relevance to contemporary living by identifying iconic trends and events—evident both in his early features (Loves of a Blonde, The Firemen's Ball), which helped jump-start the fabled Czech New Wave in the mid-1960s, and in his renegade Hollywood films from the 1970s to today (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The People vs. Larry Flynt). A master of his métier from his career's inception (Audition, 1963), Forman developed an unmistakeable style in collaboration with his longtime cinematographer, Miroslav Ondrícek, that is marked by fastidious attention to set design details (exemplified by his much admired period films of the 1980s), augmented by a rare insight into the nuances of performance. All films directed by Milos Forman, except where noted.
Organized by Jytte Jensen, Curator, Department of Film, with the kind collaboration of The Czech Center, New York; The National Film Archive, Prague; and Irena Kovarova, independent curator and tour manager. With grateful acknowledgement of Janus Films, MGM, Universal Pictures,
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Lásky jedné plavovlásky (Loves of a Blonde). 1965.
Thursday, February 14, 2008, 7:00 p.m., (Introduced by Milos Forman, Vladimir Pucholt and Ivan Passer)
Monday, February 25, 2008, 6:00 p.m.
Taking Off. 1971.
Friday, February 15, 2008, 6:00 p.m., (Intrduced by Milos Forman, John Gaure and Michael Hausman)
Wednesday, February 20, 2008, 6:00 p.m.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. 1975.
Friday, February 15, 2008, 8:00 p.m., (Introduced by Milos Forman and Michael Douglas)
Saturday, February 23, 2008, 4:00 p.m.
Horí, má panenko (The Firemen's Ball). 1967. Czechoslovakia/Italy. Directed by
Saturday, February 16, 2008, 2:00 p.m.
Monday, February 25, 2008, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 16, 2008, 3:30 p.m.
Friday, February 22, 2008, 8:30 p.m.
Dobre placená procházka (A Well-Paid Walk/A Walk Worthwhile). 1966.
Saturday, February 16, 2008, 6:00 p.m. (
Sunday, February 24, 2008, 6:30 p.m., (
Goya's Ghosts. 2007. Spain/USA. Directed by
Sunday, February 17, 2008, 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 28, 2008, 5:30 p.m.
The Decathlon. 1973.
Konkurs (Audition). 1963.
Monday, February 18, 2008, 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008, 8:30 p.m.
Monday, February 18, 2008, 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 24, 2008, 1:30 p.m.
Monday, February 18, 2008, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 28, 2008, 8:00 p.m.
Cerny Petr (Black Peter). 1964.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 23, 2008, 2:00 p.m.
Ragtime. 1981. USA. Directed by Milos Forman. Screenplay by Michael Weller, based on the novel by E. L. Doctorow. With James Cagney, Brad Dourif. Driven by his experience of injustice and personal loss, Coalhouse Walker, a black piano player, sets off a nationwide campaign of terror in 1906 New York. The film dramatizes the interconnection of lives (both actual and imaginary) across the social spectrum, capturing the sense of possibility and political awakening at the turn of the twentieth century. The large cast features remarkable young talent alongside the great Cagney, who returned from retirement to star in this sprawling epic. 155 min.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008, 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 21, 2008, 8:00 p.m.
The People vs. Larry Flynt. 1996. USA. Directed by Milos Forman. Screenplay by Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski. With Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love. Forman and producer Oliver Stone collaborated on this portrait of stubborn pornography purveyor and free-speech crusader Larry Flynt. With naked ambition and trademark frankness, Flynt became an unlikely but quintessentially American hero, building his resolutely lowbrow Hustler magazine into an empire and reaffirming the First Amendment in the process. This biopic captures the glorious irreverence and tragic overtones of Flynt's success. 129 min.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 24, 2008, 4:00 p.m.
Nedostaje mi Sonja Henie (I Miss Sonia Henie). 1971. Yugoslavia. Directed by Milos Forman. Part of an omnibus film masterminded by Slovene director Karpo Godina, who challenged directors Forman, Buck Henry, Dusan Makavejev, Paul Morrissey, and others at the Belgrade Film Festival to make a short film in which someone must speak the titular sentence, originated by Snoopy. Includes an excerpt from I Miss Sonia Henie: The Making of a Film. 30 min.
Chytilová vs. Forman. 1981. Czechoslovakia. Directed by Vera Chytilová. Chytilová, an important Czech New Wave film director and a doggedly feisty and spirited documentarian, was asked to make an entry for the Belgian TV series Versus about her colleague, Forman, during the shooting of Ragtime. The film documents a unique confrontation between two significant filmmakers who no longer shared the same country and cultural background. 84 min.
Thursday, February 21, 2008, 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 23, 2008, 7:00 p.m.
Man on the Moon. 1999. USA. Directed by Milos Forman. Screenplay by Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski. With Jim Carrey, Courtney Love. A portrait of the iconoclastic comedian Andy Kaufman, Forman's film matches its idiosyncratic subject with stylistic quirkiness and a career-defining performance by Carrey. Recreating a series of Kaufman's most inspired stunts/routines, this highly original biopic portrays an otherworldly mind who thrilled audiences with his childlike sense of wonder but remained enigmatic and impenetrable both onstage and off. 118 min.
Friday, February 22, 2008, 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008, 6:00 p.m.
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