Robert Downey, Sr., USA, 1969, All Channel Films, Arthouse

“Funny, sophomoric, brilliant, obscene, disjointed, marvelous, unintelligible and relevant. If anybody tries to improve it, they should be sentenced.” -- Vincent Canby, New York Times

"I just think [Downey’s] one of our great American directors." -- Paul Thomas Anderson

New 50th Anniversary restoration! An unforgettable masterpiece of late-’60s counterculture, Robert Downey Sr.’s PUTNEY SWOPE remains a vital provocation on race, pop culture and America.

Putney Swope, the only African-American exec at his firm, is unexpectedly elected its president and turns the industry on its ear through a series of outrageous, taboo-busting TV commercials (strewn throughout the film like comedic landmines.) As Swope becomes the Generalissimo of Madison Avenue, Downey takes no prisoners and skewers the entire political spectrum. Essential viewing.

Restoration by the Academy Film Archive and The Film Foundation, with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation.

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  • 84 min.
  • Color & B/W
  • 1.37:1


  • 4K DCP