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Sometimes a film is so captivating that you find yourself staring at the screen long after the credits have ended. When this happens to us, we immediately want to share our experience. But not with just anyone. Our Members Only screenings present these rare, neglected, or simply amazing films to our inner circle of card-carrying cinephiles.

Come join us and watch a great film, meet great people and enjoy a lively discussion immediately following the screening. This event is exclusive—envied even—so sign up for a Facets Membership today.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Taking Off

Film still: Taking Off Film still: Taking Off


Grand Prix
Cannes Film
Fest, 1971
"It remains [Miloš Forman's] best film in and about America"
  —Village Voice
"A delightfully touching comedy... its gentle wit has aged far more gracefully than the hectoring sermons of most youth movies churned out in the late '60s and early '70s"
  —TimeOut NY
"[Taking Off's] insights into generational malaise, Westernized concepts of self-actualization, and ageism are some of the director's most profound and humorous"
  —Chicago Reader

Before directing American classics, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeus, Miloš Forman helped bring Czech New Wave to international attention with Fireman's Ball. Considering his intoxicating and well-deserved acclaim, it is a wonder that his first American feature, Taking Off, is overlooked, hard to track down on DVD, and impossible to find streaming.

Through a series of unforgettable set-pieces—parents learning how to smoke marijuana, youth auditioning for a New York record label, couples playing a raucous game of strip poker—Taking Off follows a conventional middle-aged couple as they search for their runaway daughter. Staring Buck Henry (screenwriter of The Graduate and Catch-22) and Lynn Carlin (Faces), this brilliantly original comedy examines the generation gap between parents and children during the tail end of the counterculture revolution. With innovative editing techniques and partially improvised script, Taking Off is an audacious snapshot of American history. It also features appearances by Ike & Tina Turner, a young Carly Simon, and the then-unknown Kathy Bates.

Directed by Miloš Forman, USA, 1971, 93 mins.

The screening will be preceded by a reception and followed by a discussion led by Facets Founder and Director Milos Stehlik.


  • Monday, April 13 at 6:30 pm


Facets Patron Circle Members and one guest admitted for free

There are no presale tickets—you must receive an invitation from us.

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