Restorations & Revivals
Saturday, February 29, 2020:
Houston filmmaker Greg Carter introduces the screening on February 29
An unforgettable late-1960s counterculture masterpiece, Putney Swope remains a vital provocation on race, pop culture, and America. Putney Swope, the only African American exec at his ad 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, director Robert Downey Sr. takes no prisoners and skewers the entire political spectrum.
• “The commercials ... are absolutely brilliant, and the sheer gonzo tenacity of the whole enterprise makes it all work.” —Movie Metropolis
• “Funny, sophomoric, brilliant, obscene, disjointed, marvelous, unintelligible, and relevant. If anybody tries to improve it, they should be sentenced.” —Vincent Canby, New York Times
• “[Downey’s] one of our great American directors.” —filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson
• READ & WATCH Revisiting Putney Swope with Robert Downey Sr. —Vice
About the Speaker
Houston native Greg Carter has produced more than 30 feature films, most recently Lap Dance, Lucky Girl, My B.F.F., and One Crazy Christmas. A graduate of Texas A&M, he studied film at Rice University’s School of Visual and Dramatic Arts. He was recognized along with director Richard Linklater with an institutional grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for programs at the MFAH. Carter served on the board of directors of the Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP) and is an alumnus of the SXSW Film Festival.
Tickets for Putney Swope
Saturday, February 29, 2020 7 p.m.
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