In his documentary, Miloš Forman: What Doesn’t Kill You… (Miloš Forman: Co te nezabije…), Miloš Šmídmajer takes a closer look at 5 years of the director’s life, tries to decipher his way of thinking and shed some light onto some of the intimate episodes in his bio-graphy. Forman’s professional work had its natural inspiration in his personal life. This documentary does not present the biography in a typical way. Forman’s profile was interwoven into the frames of the “short story” of his filmmaking. This film makes us aware of the importance of the productions which translate emotions into the screen and touch the highest values, such as man’s freedom. And Miloš Forman exceptionally convincingly personified the value of individual freedom.
The film comprises interviews with the director’s friends and family as well as actors who cooperated with Forman in making his most famous titles. On the screen we can see, among others: Fahrid Murray Abraham, Oscar-winner for the role of the Italian composer Antonio Saleri in the music drama Amadeus, Oscar-nominee Woody Harrelson, who played the part of Larry Flynt, Louise Fletcher – Oscar-winner for the role of sister Mildred Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Natalie Portman and Javier Bardem (Goya’s Ghosts) and Anette Bening (Valmont).
Miloš Forman: co te nezabije…
dir. Milošlav Šmídmajer, cast: Miloš Forman, Saul Zaentz, Paul Rassam, Michael Douglas, Jean-Claude Carriere, Martina Formanová, Petr Forman, Matěj Forman, Natalie Portman, Louise Fletcher, Woody Harrelson, F. Murray Abraham, Theodor Pištěk, Javier Bardem, Czech Republic 2009, documentary film, 100 min.