MILOS FORMAN: CINEMA OF RESISTANCE Walker Art Center, Tuesday through April 22
Two-time Academy Award-winning director Milos Forman is the subject of a monthlong retrospective at the Walker in April. Best known for his major American releases, including modern classics such as One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeus, Forman is also acclaimed in film circles as one of the fathers of the Czech New Wave in the 1960s, a vibrant movement of darkly humorous and often unscripted films that managed to explore topics rarely broached in Communist countries. Forman himself acknowledges that living under a totalitarian regime influenced the theme of rebelliousness that runs through many of his movies—and is the theme of the Walker's retrospective. The series kicks off Tuesday with one of Forman's early New Wave films, 1964's Black Peter, a comedy about a young teenager's awkward entry into the workforce. Throughout the month, most of the director's major films will be screened, including Ragtime (Sunday), Amadeus (April 4), Cuckoo's Nest (April 5), Loves of a Blonde (April 8), The People vs. Larry Flynt (April 9), Hair (April 13), and The Fireman's Ball (April 15). On Saturday, April 12, Forman himself will join L.A. Weekly film critic Scott Foundas at the Walker for a discussion of the director's distinguished career.