Non-Conforming Forman

(Above: Vincent Schiavelli in ‘Taking Off’)

Director Milos Forman, who died this weekend at 86, was most famous for his two Oscar-winning films, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) and Amadeus (1984). But we’re also quite fond of two Forman paeans to the counterculture that framed his 1970s output.

In the generation gap satire Taking Off (1971), when the teens run away, the parents become the kids. You can’t stream the movie anywhere, but here – in its two most famous segments — the adults learn how to smoke marijuana, and, once high, play strip poker:

Forman’s 1979 film version of the sixties’ musical Hair can be streamed by Tribeca Shortlist subscribers, or from $2.99 at Amazon or Vudu.

Here are the film’s opening and closing segments (‘Aquarius”/Let the Sunshine In”):

Hair didn’t mark Forman’s first time directing musical numbers. Taking Off, for instance, featured songs by Carly Simon, Ike & Tina Turner and Bobo Bates (later known by her real first name, Kathy). Here, with a large NSFW warning, is Mary Mitchell singing “Ode to a Screw”:

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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