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Born To Win


Dir. Ivan Passer. 1971, 88 mins. 35mm. With George Segal, Paula Prentiss, Karen Black, Robert DeNiro. Forman’s colleague and sometime collaborator Ivan Passer addressed another social issue in his first U.S. movie, a comic tragedy that was given its world premiere at the 1971 New York Film Festival. George Segal plays a hipster hairdresser, addicted to smack, impressing critic Pauline Kael as “an absurd man seen not in the abstract setting of an absurdist play but in the lower depths of New York City.”

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