Oscar Directors: Passer, Ivan

Ivan Passer was one of the directors of the Czech New Wave of the 1960s.  His acclaimed film, Intimate Lighting, was also made in 1965.  He was the co-writer of Milos Forman’s films Loves of a Blonde and The Firemen’s Ball.  Like Forman, he emigrated to America after the Russian invasion.

In the U.S., he directed such films as Born to Win with George Segal, Law and Disorder with Carroll O’Connor, Cutter’s Way with Jeff Bridges, and the Emmy-winning HBO movie, Stalin, starring Robert Duvall.