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Sep 25, 2012 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Taking Off

FILM CLUB. Free Admission.

Taking Off
 Directed by Milos Forman, USA, 1971, 93 min

Milos Forman, the most gifted film-maker of the 1960s Czech New Wave, was in Paris when Soviet tanks rolled into Prague in 1968 and he stayed abroad. Before his second American feature film, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, swept the Oscars board in 1975 (the year he became an American citizen), he made this wonderful, rarely shown picture, taking the pulse of a deeply divided US during Nixon's first term in the White House. It looks at the generation gap as experienced by a middle-class New York family, whose teenage daughter has run off with a musician. Buck Henry (satirist, screenwriter on The Graduate and Catch-22) plays the conventional father who discovers a new countercultural world while searching for her. Smartly edited and partly improvised, the movie is an affecting, funny, accurate time capsule and features a hilarious sequence about the SPFC (Society for the Parents of Fugitive Children) in which Forman regular Vincent Schiavelli plays an effete hippie introducing middle-class parents to the rites and wrongs of smoking grass.

Presented as a part of MUTUAL INSPIRATIONS FESTIVAL 2012




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Sep 25, 2012 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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