Vrijpaleis cinema: Taking Off

Thursday, 23 January

Vrijpaleis cinema: Taking Off

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TAKING OFF   1971 Directed by Milos Forman 93 minutes In American English

This is a rare cinematic gem from 1971, that is rarely shown and until recently been almost impossible to see for the last 30 years. When I was young it was considered an anti-establishment classic at the universities. It is known as Milos Forman's first American film, but Forman (One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus) himself has referred to it as his “last Czech film”. I agree his statement, because it has a magical humor that he would quickly lose once he was in the States for awhile. The movie takes place in the middle of the Hippie movement in America and is about a father (Buck Henry, who just passed away two weeks ago) who is looking for his runaway daughter. His search takes him through the labyrinth of alternative cultures of that time.

Taking Off is about culture shock in several different ways. The first is for director Milos Forman, just arrived from Czechoslovakia, and at this point still very much an European film maker - who now finds himself in the middle of puritanical America. But on a narrative level the film is about the severe changes that were erupting in the States in the late 60s... the shift from a right-wing conservative society of the early 60s...to one exploding with sex, drugs and rock'n'roll.

The script is a collaboration between director Milos Forman and Jean-Claude Carrière (Belle de jour, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie), but besides the storyline of the film, it is also a wonderful time-capsule of a fascinating time in history. And if you look closely you will see a very young Carly Simon, Jessica Harper (Argento's Suspria), and Tina Turner among the cast. Marvelous film, with such a great energy.

This will be a high-definition screening.

Date & Time: 

Thursday, 23 January, 2020 - 20:30


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3 euro
Paleisstraat 107


Former squat, now legalised

Weekly programme of film screenings in a circuit of underground / self-organised venues. Forgotten movies that should have been classics, neglected flics, lesser-known gems, always with a personal introduction by the programmer. All films in English, or with English subtitles.


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opening times: 

mostly Sunday to Thursday at about 7 different underground locations.