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Taking Off


Dir. Milos Forman. 1971, 93 mins. 35mm. With Lynn Carlin, Buck Henry, Georgia Engel. A solemn high-school student (Linnea Haecock) vanishes into the East Village, leaving her clueless parents (Buck Henry and Lynn Carlin) to leave Queens and essay the counterculture on their own. The sweetest of generation gap movies, Czech exile Milos Forman’s first American production was shot in and around New York during the summer of 1970; the director discovered his 16-year-old star in Central Park hanging with the hippies around Bethesda Fountain.

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