Milos Forman, whom you’ll no doubt recognize for such outstanding films as One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Amadeus, is to be honoured with the Directors Guild of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award, it was announced on Wednesday.
If you are a true film buff, you’ll no doubt have spotted that two of his films feature designs by contributors to Deborah Nadoolman-Landis’ superlative FilmCraft: Costume Design. (And if you’re a film buff who didn’t spot this, no doubt you’ll now be asking yourself, why not…)
Yvonne Blake, who took inspiration from the eponymous painter in her designs for 2006’s Goya’s Ghosts, says it was one of her favourite films she’s designed. The especially keen eyed will note that she was also the designer behind Jesus Christ Superstar (1973), directed by Norman Jewison – who was the last recipient of the award (in 2010).
Meanwhile, the costume designer behind Forman’s Academy Award-winning One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was Aggie Guerard Rodgers, who in the book tells the story behind Nurse Ratched’s memorable outfit.
Speaking of anecdotes, if you remain unconvinced by our tenuous links to the great director, all your doubts are about to be blown away – for one of our own (who shall remain anonymous in order to protect her (…or his?) dignity) has in fact had the honour and the privilege of meeting the man himself. Intrigued? Here’s how it went…
“Many years ago (around 1999) I was in LA on another project with another publisher. I was on the set of Man on the Moon at Universal studios interviewing Patricia Von Brandenstein, Milos’ close collaborator on all things production design. I even got to meet Milos (a personal hero) and shake his hand. There I was basking in the glow of such brilliance when my guts started to churn and I had to dash to the toilets, which were literally miles away from the lot they were filming on. I then spent over three hours hiding in the loos unable to leave. I missed virtually the entire interview and then Patricia (bless her) came to find me and gave me a lift back to my hotel after kindly lending me loads of original artwork to use in the project that cannot be mentioned as it is direct competition for FilmCraft series.”
Our inside source has since blamed the incident on “a dodgy burrito I’d eaten near Venice Beach the night before.”