Czech director Jiri Menzel, whose 1966 film Carefully Watched Trains received the Academy Award for greatest foreign-language movie, has died at age 82, his spouse, Olga, mentioned on her Fb web page.
Menzel was a part of the Czech New Wave of filmmakers of the 1960s that included One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Amadeus director Milos Forman and avant-garde director Vera Chytilova.
He struggled with critical well being issues lately.
“Dearest Jirka, I thanks for every and single day I might spend with you. Every was extraordinary. I’m additionally grateful to you for the final three years, as arduous as they had been,” his spouse wrote in her publish.
Menzel gained fame for Carefully Watched Trains, the coming-of-age story of a younger prepare dispatcher in German-occupied Czechoslovakia throughout World Warfare Two. It was based mostly on a novel by Czech author Bohumil Hrabal, whose works had been a supply of different Menzel movies, together with I Served the King of England in 2006.
Like different administrators of his technology, Menzel confronted issues with Communist authorities. His 1969 movie, Larks on a String, was not proven in his dwelling nation till 1990.
Menzel’s 1985 movie, My Candy Little Village, was nominated for an Oscar and plenty of his different films have change into classics for Czech movie watchers and administrators.
“I thank him for every little thing he did for us. Goodbye, sir!” movie director Jan Hrebejk, who was nominated for an Oscar for his 2000 movie, Divided We Fall, wrote on Twitter.