SUDS Presents: Cellar Film Festival #5 "Putney Swope"
5 February, 2017
The Cellar Theatre
Sydney University Dramatic Society (SUDS)
This week: PUTNEY SWOPE (1969) dir. Robert Downey Sr. 84 minutes.
The head of a New York advertising agency drops dead during a board meeting, prompting a vote for his successor. Attempting to distort the ballot, everyone accidentally votes for the company’s sole black executive. He fires all the white people, refuses to advertise tobacco or war toys, and faces off against the US Government.
Directed by Robert Downey Senior, PUTNEY SWOPE is a strange, strange film. It has been cited by Jim Jarmusch, Paul Thomas Anderson, Marc Maron, and Louis CK as a primary influence and is, as far as I know, the only film in the Criterion Collection to have all of its negatives developed at a supermarket. The lead actor had trouble remembering lines so his voice is dubbed. It has radical racial politics for 1969 and radical gender politics for 1290, which means it’s basically alt-right now.
This is such a weird movie but you gotta see it.
Where are the artists? Gillian Kayrooz is a saint and we might just feature more of her work beforehand. (Sorry Gil if you’re finding this out from here).
Is there food and drink? So much but bring your own ;)
Is this movie offensive? I mean look who it influenced.