Czech Oscar-winner Karel Cerny dies at 92

PRAGUE- Karel Cerny, the Czech art director and production designer who won an Oscar in 1985 for his work on Milos Forman's hit film "Amadeus", died at the age of 92 on Friday, his family said.
Cerny won one of the eight Oscars that went to "Amadeus", a film about the rivalry between the composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri.

Shot largely in the historic centre of Prague, the picture was directed by fellow Czech Milos Forman, who fled communist Czechoslovakia to live and work the United States in 1968.
Cerny also worked with Forman on "Black Peter" (1964), "Loves of a Blonde" (1965) and "The Firemen's Ball" (1967).
In 1955, he was part of the team that made "The Journey to the Beginning of Time", directed by Karel Zeman, which combined acting, animation and special effects in a hitherto unprecedented way.
"He had an inborn sense of harmonising the action of actors with the scene and costumes," film historian Briana Cechova said Friday.

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