Taking Off (Milos Forman, 1971)

The Criterion Collection, a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films presents Taking Off.

criterion logoMiloš Forman’s first film in the United States is an affectionate satire of the generation gap dividing America in the late 1960s and early ’70s.  In Taking Off, Forman casts his focus specifically on middle class New York, the Tyne family, and the bourgeois mores that divide Larry and Lynn Tyne (Buck Henry and Lynn Carlin) from their runaway daughter Jeannie (Linnea Heacock).  Through the Society for the Parents of Fugitive Children, Larry and Lynn delve into the counterculture in an effort to understand their wayward child and begin to step out of the hegemony of America’s silent majority.  Punctuated by musical sequences, including performances by a young Carly Simon and a still unknown Kathy Bates, Taking Off humorously captures the tensions between a challenged conservative America and the hippie movement already struggling with its own contradictions.

Disc Features:

  • New digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Optional remastered uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Clara Kuperberg and Julia Kuperberg’s Miloš Forman: Taking Off in America, an hour-long, 2011 interview with the filmmaker discussing his journey from Czechoslovakia to Hollywood
  • Before Taking Off: Miloš Forman’s Road to America, Robert Fischer’s 30-minute newly edited and illustrated archival interview with Forman on his time in Czechoslovakia and his opportunity to film his first American movie in New York City
  • Two Europeans in New York, a 16 minute interview with co-writer Jean-Claude Carrière
  • New interviews with co-writer John Guare, Buck Henry, Carly Simon, and Kathy Bates
  • I Miss Sonia Henie, Karpo Acimovic-Godina’s 1971 short film made in collaboration with Forman and Buck Henry, as well as Tinto Brass, Mladomir “Puriša” Ðjordjevic, Dušan Makavejev, Paul Morrisey, and Frederick Wiseman
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Photo gallery
  • PLUS:  A booklet of essays by film critics J. Hoberman and Dave Kehr, and writer and documentarian Luc Lagier

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