Celebrate the 80th birthday of Czech-born filmmaker Miloš Forman with an adaptation of the counterculture musical Hair. Based on the Broadway musical of the 1960s, Hair relates the story of Claude (John Savage), a young Oklahoman who leaves his family ranch for New York City. He quickly becomes involved with the hippie subculture and falls in love with a girl (Beverly D’Angelo). However, their happiness is short-lived when Claude is subsequently drafted. The musical also stars Treat Williams.
Forman studied at the Prague Film Academy and created his own style of comedy with his Czechoslovakian films. He left Europe for the United States during the 1968 Prague Spring. Forman achieved fame (and a U.S. citizenship) in 1975 with One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, which won five Oscars. He has since developed an affinity for directing biopics of complicated, flawed characters (Amadeus, Man on the Moon, and The People vs. Larry Flynt).
The screening of Hair is part of the U.S.-wide retrospective A Tribute to Miloš Forman, taking place as part of the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2012-Miloš Forman, celebrating the 80th birthday of the renowned director and the mutual inspirations between Czech and American cultures. Click here for more information about the festival.
Special thanks to Raymond Snokhous (Honorary Consul General of the Czech Republic for The State of Texas).
The MFAH film department is supported by Tenaris; The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea; Nina and Michael Zilkha; the National Film Preservation Foundation; Franci and Jim Crane; James V. Derrick; and Lynn S. Wyatt.