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Restorations and Revivals: Putney Swope

1001 Bissonnet Street
(713) 639-7515
  • Presented By: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  • Dates: 2/22/2020, 2/29/2020
  • Location: Museum of Fine Arts Houston - Brown Auditorium
  • Address: 1001 Bissonnet Street
  • Phone: (713) 639-7515
  • Time: 7:00 PM to 8:25 PM
  • Price: General Admission $9, MFAH members, seniors (65+), students with ID $7
  • Admission: General Admission $9, MFAH members, seniors (65+), students with ID $7
  • Area of Town: Museum District
  • overview

    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 Robert Downey Sr. Talks Putney Swope —Village Voice • WATCH Robert Downey Sr. and Paul Thomas Anderson on Putney Swope • READ & WATCH Revisiting Putney Swope with Robert Downey Sr. —Vice

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