Taking Off

1971, U.S., 93m, 35mm

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Screened March 28, 2023

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To prepare his first American film, Czech émigré Miloš Forman lived on Leroy Street for a year. The result of his “amateur sociological research” was this mordant satire about the generation gap and changing times, focusing on two suburban parents whose daughter has run away to Greenwich Village. John Guare, fresh off his breakthrough Off-Broadway play Muzeeka, a poetic satire about a Connecticut man who works for a piped-music company, was hired by Forman to work on the screenplay.

A film by Miloš Forman

Milos Forman’s first American film is still the most graceful and well-proportioned work he’s done here, an engaging, episodic, wonderfully fair-minded satire about runaway children and anxious adults.”

Dave Kehr, The Chicago Reader