From a wonderful interview of Milos Forman by one time Oregonian (and rumored Mary’s Club dancer) Courtney Love:
Courtney Love: Can I confront you with something I’ve been thinking about your canon of movies? With all the hardships you went through in your life, growing up under the Nazis and the Communists, there is still no bitterness in your movies. There is no hate. But there is the subtext that if you buck the system, you get a little fucked. In Valmont, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Amadeus, The People vs. Larry Flynt, and Man on the Moon, there is the idea that if you buck the system you get a lobotomy or you die of consumption or of cancer, or you become a quadriplegic. If you fall in love when you are not supposed to, you die. Tell me about this.
Milos Forman: Listen, I didn’t really experience the fist of authority in my life because I left Czechoslovakia pretty early. And while I was there I was just an observer. But I knew artists who committed suicide after being attacked by authorities.
Milos Forman directed Danny Devito (above) in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. He directed Courtney Love (above) in The People vs. Larry Flynt, and Man on the Moon.