Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028 Map
Sun, Feb 2, 2020
4:00pm

Matinee Screening! Super Bowl vs. Super Advertising!
PUTNEY SWOPE
PUTNEY SWOPE
1969, AGFA, 84 min, USA, Dir: Robert Downey Sr.

Putney Swope (Arnold Johnson), the only African-American exec at his advertising 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. An unforgettable masterpiece of late-’60s counterculture, it remains a vital provocation on race, pop culture and America. “Funny, sophomoric, brilliant, obscene, disjointed, marvelous, unintelligible and relevant. If anybody tries to improve it, they should be sentenced.” - Vincent Canby, New York Times.


Screening format: DCP. Restored by the Academy Film Archive and The Film Foundation, with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation. Film courtesy of All Channel Films and the American Genre Film Archive.
Egyptian Theatre • Sun, Feb 2, 2020 • 4:00pm