TAKING OFF
1971, Universal, 93 min, USA, Dir: Milos Forman

Director Milos Forman’s first American film is a warm and hilariously subversive comedy about parents trying to cope with their runaway children. The focus is on bewildered Buck Henry and Lynn Carlin as they try to deal with daughter Linnea Heacock’s flight to Greenwich Village hippie life - and they end up expanding their consciousness as much as she does!


HAIR
1979, Park Circus/MGM, 121 min, West Germany/USA, Dir: Milos Forman

Milos Forman’s adaptation of the tribal rock musical stars John Savage as Claude, a quiet young man from the Midwest who becomes friendly with a group of New York hippies as he's on his way to begin basic training in the military. The repressed Claude is quite taken with Berger (Treat Williams) and the group of freedom seekers who reside in Central Park. The group encourages Claude to go after a debutante named Sheila (Beverly D'Angelo). Legendary choreographer Twyla Tharp masterminded the dances, which flow from the natural settings of the film. With most of the better-known songs from the original play, including “Aquarius,” “Let the Sunshine In,” “Good Morning Starshine” and the title number.


MAN ON THE MOON
1999, Universal, 118 min, USA, Dir: Milos Forman

Audiences never knew quite what to think about Andy Kaufman, and this biopic from the creative team behind THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT will also keep you guessing. Jim Carrey earned a Golden Globe for his performance as the comedian, shifting effortlessly between such Kaufman personas as Latka Gravas of TV’s “Taxi,” lounge singer Tony Clifton and inter-gender wrestling champion. Costarring Danny DeVito (who also produced the film) and Paul Giamatti, and featuring the music of R.E.M.


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